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8:10:35 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Contrasting emotions at the Maracana: Griezman is in tears, while Schweinsteiger and Neuer sing and dance a little bit with the fans.

To be honest, France was not good enough and didn’t push Germany enough. Kudos to Joachim Low for fielding Lahm at right-back again. The German defense was monumental today, especially Hummels and Boateng. A much improved showing and suddenly Germany – in my humble opinion – look like the team to beat.

That is France out. This World Cup is relentless. Brazil x Colombia is up next.

From us, for now, it’s goodbye.

7:59:39 pm - Fri 4 Jul

France is heading back to Paris! Au Revoir!

Germany heads to the last four of the World Cup! Neuer must be the best keeper in the World. What an extraordinary save he produced from that Benzema attempt at the end of the stoppage time. Stoic! He sort of mechanically lifted his right arm and hand to palm away that bullet – as if he had always known that Benzema’s shot would not bother him. What nerves in a quarterfinal of the World Cup.

7:53:59 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Benzema….uhhhh!

7:50:55 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Four minutes of injury time – Au revoir Les Bleus?

7:49:00 pm - Fri 4 Jul

7:48:48 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Oh, big, big chance for Germany. That should have been the match. Germany broke with the speed of light in the 82nd minute, but Muller failed to connect at the near post. The ball fell to Schurrle, in acres of space, but his attempt lacked conviction and Lloris saved with his foot. France still in it!

Ozil, who was isolated for most of the game, makes way for Mario Goetze. Giroud replaces Valbuena.

7:40:10 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Pogba brings down Khedira, but the referee waves play on. The German bench didn’t look to happy with that decision. Seconds before, Matuidi tested Neuer with a powerful shot from the a tight angle on the left. France, now,  pushing forward. Less than 15 minutes to play…

7:35:56 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Hugo Lloris hasn’t had a very busy afternoon, but Germany still leads France, 1-0. Photo courtesy of fifa.com.

7:34:33 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Time is ticking and finally Deschamps acts. He brings Loic Remy on for Cabaye. That means Matuidi or Pogba will have to mark a little more.

7:32:48 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Didier Deschamps take off Sakho, central defender, for Laurient Koscielny of Arsenal. It’s not precisely a response to Low’s alteration. Sakho was not 100 percent fit before the start of this game. When will Deschamps take off the handbrake?

7:30:21 pm - Fri 4 Jul

It is not precisely a World Cup classic, far from it to be precise.

Germany, as I said, is sitting deep – happy to let the French knock it out around. Is Joachim Low’s side on its way to another semifinal? Low replaces Klose with Andre Schurrle.

The Sun has its own take on proceedings:

7:22:37 pm - Fri 4 Jul

15th minute: Varane with a header, but it doesn’t really trouble Manuel Neuer. It’s a looping header in between Germany’s central defenders, Boateng and Hummels, but it lacks power.

Deschamps remains passive, how much longer for though?

7:16:36 pm - Fri 4 Jul

That is a yellow card for Khedira as he hauls down Griezman, who was trying to launch a French counter. Nine minutes gone in the second stanza.

7:13:24 pm - Fri 4 Jul

France is showing more urgency, trying to be more incisive in the final third of the field. Germany seems content with the way things are for the moment. ‘Die Nationalmannschaft’ is certainly sitting a little deeper. There is no doubt that the onus is on ‘Les Bleus’.

7:09:25 pm - Fri 4 Jul

7:08:33 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Klose battling with Raphael Varane, as Pogba looks on. Courtesy of fifa.com.

7:05:57 pm - Fri 4 Jul

No changes. Still plenty of fans looking for their seats at the Maracana. Can France turn this around?

6:56:08 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Let me grab a quick bite.

Meanwhile, read this to get up to date with all the quarterfinals in Brazil:
http://mg.co.za/article/2014-07-03-big-guns-dark-horses-and-divers

6:54:07 pm - Fri 4 Jul

6:53:38 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Pogba’s diagonal ball finds Benzema – well, he takes it down neatly – on the left. The Real Madrid player cuts inside, passing two Germans, but his shot lacks precision to really unsettle Neuer.

That’s halftime.

Pogba and Matuidi made more of an impact towards the end of the half, but overall, they have been too lightweight to bother the Germans. Don’t get me wrong – France is still in with a decent chance, but Germany has been the better team.

6:48:34 pm - Fri 4 Jul

6:46:12 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Great photo of Hummels’ header. Courtesy of fifa.com

6:43:01 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Is the jury still out on France? Is it really a good team with the potential to win the World Cup? Germany makes France look stodgy. ‘Les Bleus’ seem to lack a bit of sharpness. But, all of a sudden, Deschamps’ men nearly equalize: the German rearguard is caught out by a ball over the top. Valbuena’s half-volley is saved by Neuer with one hand – great agility! The ball falls into the path of Benzema, but Hummels blocks his attempt – 33rd minute and that was almost 1-1.

6:37:41 pm - Fri 4 Jul

6:37:11 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Did you know? Since the 2002 World Cup, Germany has scored 15 headed goals, more than double any other side in that period.

6:33:51 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Germany is in control, without a shadow of a doubt – not that there is so much shadow at the Maracana. Evra and Debuchy are doing a good job for France as fullbacks, but Khedira is proving to be instrumental so far for Germany. He ventures forward a little more than Schweinsteiger, breaking up France’s attempts to attack. Deschamps looks a nervous man, what can his side muster?

6:23:01 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Germans are pressing high. The French need to wake up from their slumber.

The teams lining up before the game, courtesy of fifa.com.

6:21:28 pm - Fri 4 Jul

6:21:20 pm - Fri 4 Jul

TOR! TOR! Germany has scored. The French seemed to take the initiative, but it’s the Germans who strike after twelve minutes. It’s a textbook set piece: Toni Kroos sends in a threatening delivery from the left and Matt Hummels works home a powerful header. He seemed to push his marker, Raphael Varane, a little bit though.

6:14:50 pm - Fri 4 Jul

 

6:13:07 pm - Fri 4 Jul

7th minute and a big chance: Lahm – of all people – nonchalantly clears but only as far a French player. ‘Les Bleus’ launch a quick attack as Valbuena, who pops up in the left channel of the box, finds Karim Benzema. His strike is just wide of the bottom-left corner. Not a bad attempt and a first big warning for Neuer and Germany.

6:08:57 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Possession for Germany in the opening exchanges; France retreat in a 4-1-4-1 formation.

6:07:39 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Meanwhile, outside the Maracana:

6:03:35 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Those were the national anthems. A bit of an antiseptic atmosphere at the Maracana. Too many middle class Brazilians, who usually don’t frequent football stadiums, present, eager to post their photo on Facebook, I guess. There is a message about racism before the game. Nestor Pitana is the referee of the day. He comes from Argentina. Off we are!

5:58:35 pm - Fri 4 Jul

5:56:20 pm - Fri 4 Jul

5:54:30 pm - Fri 4 Jul

That is the FIFA anthem at the Maracana. The gladiators enter the arena…

5:52:04 pm - Fri 4 Jul

This are the ‘Dramatis Personae’ this afternoon:

Germany: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Howedes; Khedira, Schweinsteiger; Kroos, Ozil, Muller; Klose.

France: Lloris; Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra; Cabaye, Matuidi; Valbuena, Pogba, Griezmann; Benzema.

5:50:50 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Deschamps, World Cup winner in 1998 under Aime Jacquet, has chosen to play Antoine Griezman on the right. That means Karim Benzema moves to the middle. That would make sense. France only moved out of first gear against Nigeria once Griezman came on and Benezema had a more central role. Paul Pogba, who was on fire against the Nigerians, is a man to watch in the French team. He plays next to Matuidi in the midfield, with Cabaye providing cover for the back four.

5:45:51 pm - Fri 4 Jul

At least, Joachim Low hopes for the best. His team underwhelmed against Algeria – only when captain Philipp Lahm moved to his more customary position at right-back, did Germany really fire on a few of its cilinders.

It seems Low will opt to move Lahm back to the rearguard, with Samuel Khedira and Sebastian Schweinsteiger forming the midfield duo. Manuel Neuer, arguably the best goalkeeper in the world, put in a grand ‘sweeper-keeper’ performance against the Fennec Foxes, but Franz Beckenbauer has warned Neuer to stick to more conventional goalkeeping duties against France. Low will also count on a stellar 90 minutes from Thomas Muller, who has scored four goals so far at this World Cup in his role as false number nine. Remember in South Africa, he played more on the wing.

The big surprise, however, is Miroslav Klose in the line-up. He starts up front, as a conventional striker. What can a 36-year-old muster in Rio’s afternoon heat at the Maracana? In Varane and Sakho, he faces two excellent, albeit young, central defenders.

 

5:41:20 pm - Fri 4 Jul

Hello and welcome to Mail & Guardian’s live World Cup Coverage. We are in Recife, in the north of Brazil for another couple of days before we head back to Sao Paulo and Rio. For now though, we will have to make do with sea, sun and lots of mango juice.

It’s Friday night, so I suggest you take a nice glass of French wine or a cold German beer – depending on your loyalties – and find yourself a TV. This is the business end of the 2014 World Cup! It’s a quarterfinal between France x Germany. It doesn’t get much better than this!

5:35:22 pm - Fri 4 Jul

FRANCE X GERMANY

This World Cup has been excellent. Lots of goals in the first round – admittedy, they have dried up a little in the round of sixteen, but the drama of extra-time has made more than up for that. So what has this so called ‘Cups of Cups’ been a missing? Well, it hasn’t really delivered a World Cup classic so far. Could France x Germany fit that bill? Neuer’s wanderlust against Algeria certainly provided us with a nice narrative to babble about – the Schumacher – Battiston incident in 1982 – that game, a semifinal in Seville, was most definitely a World Cup classic!

8:25:26 pm - Mon 30 Jun

Brazilian TV Globo immediately played one of its famed soap opera’s after the game. I didn’t really follow the plot of this episode, but I guess it’s a bit cyclical: a couple comes together, one of the lovers cheats, they get together again after a lot of drama and then end the relationship for one or the other reason. You see? I’d make for a great script writer.

I don’t think Keshi really cares about what is happening in a Brazilian soap opera after his team’s performance against France. Nigeria just fell short. Will Keshi stay as coach of The Super Eagles? It’s been rumored he will take the helm at Bafana Bafana. Time will tell.

So Algeria is the last African team in the competition. Lamouchi and his troops face the, almost insurmountable, task of playing Germany. The game kicks off at 5pm local time in Porte Alegre. Enjoy it!

From us, here in Recife, it’s goodbye for now.

8:15:16 pm - Mon 30 Jun

8:08:34 pm - Mon 30 Jun

It’s a French party in Brasilia! Nigeria played and fought valiantly. For about 65 minutes, The Super Eagles dominated the game, but the introduction of Griezmann by Didier Deschamps changed the game. That said, Matuidi should have been send off for a horrible foul on Onazi. It won’t be a surprise if Keshi and co complain about the referee in a bit.

France pushed and pushed and, in the end, Nigeria buckled. After Pogba’s first goal, the Nigerians didn’t have the pedigree to respond. The last minutes of the game were not really competitive. So Nigeria is taking a plane back home, left wondering what could have been…

7:58:46 pm - Mon 30 Jun

7:54:47 pm - Mon 30 Jun

No real need to translate what Fuleco says here.

7:52:40 pm - Mon 30 Jun

That is poor by Nigeria. They played so well for the majority of the game, but they look tired and without the morale to bounce back. Omeruo passes the ball back and out for a corner down the right. Griezmann adds a second for Les Bleus from Valbuena’s cross. In fact, the ball bounced off Yobo’s leg into the net.

7:43:36 pm - Mon 30 Jun

Sensational save by Enyeama! He saved from Griezmann, who was trough on goal on the left channel. He blasted a ball towards the roof of the net. Enyeama lifted his hand in the nick of time to palm it away.

7:40:49 pm - Mon 30 Jun

What has Nigeria got left in the locker?

7:39:52 pm - Mon 30 Jun

7:39:42 pm - Mon 30 Jun

The inevitable has happened in the 79th minute! Is this the end of Nigeria’s World Cup? Nigeria must feel hard done by, but Pogba heads the ball into the net after Enyeama, who has played a stellar match, can’t properly clear it.

7:35:48 pm - Mon 30 Jun

And that was nearly end! A cross flashed past the goalmouth, in the rebound Cabaye hit the woodwork with a sensational half-volley from the edge of the box.

7:33:48 pm - Mon 30 Jun

Griezmann has given the French new energy and impetus. There is more space now on the Nigerian half. Keshi’s men are seating deep and trying to soak up the pressure. It’s a French siege now!!

7:30:39 pm - Mon 30 Jun

What a chance in the 70th minute! At long last, Benzema was in the thick of the action. Griezmann and Benzema linked up beautifully to put the Real man through. Somehow Vincent Enyeama kept it out! Then it’s cleared off the line by a Moses. FIFA proudly demonstrated its goal line technology again. ‘No goal’ it said, but that was clear with the naked eye as well.

7:25:47 pm - Mon 30 Jun

So with the sub, Benezema moved to the middle. Will we get to see more of the Real Madrid striker now? Well, Nigeria went forward again. A final pass seems to be problematic, so Odemwingie tried from outside the box, but Lloris saved.

7:21:09 pm - Mon 30 Jun

What was American referee Geiger thinking? I am not sure. This was as bad as Suarez’ bite. The French, who seem to struggle in the heat of Brazil’s capital, make a substitution: Oliver Giroud makes way for Griezmann.

7:17:59 pm - Mon 30 Jun

Oh blimey!! That’s a cynical foul by Matuidi. Murder! Remember what Belgium midfielder Defour did against Korea? Well, Matuidi manages to plant his studs on Onazi’s right leg in very similar fashion. It looks very bad in the replay and Onazi might easily have broken his leg. Onazi is stretchered off and number four Ruben Gabriel comes on. How will this influence the balance of Nigeria’s midfield? Gabriel is more of a marking midfielder. Matuidi is a lucky boy, that challenge deserved a red card.

7:12:59 pm - Mon 30 Jun

This remains box-to-box staff. Nigeria looked a bit wobbly during the opening stages of the second half, but then looked dangerous as Moses broke down the right and tried to cut back to find a team-mate in the middle, but Koscielny put it behind.

7:10:10 pm - Mon 30 Jun

Courtesy fifa.com

 

7:07:21 pm - Mon 30 Jun

7:05:16 pm - Mon 30 Jun

Enough tweets for the time being, no? My renewed attempt to grab a cookie during the break – you remember the time I tried at Copacabana beach, no? – has failed again! The second half is up and running. The game has been good in patches, a little like the field in Brasilia. Goals, please, in the second half!

6:58:09 pm - Mon 30 Jun

6:57:28 pm - Mon 30 Jun

6:56:25 pm - Mon 30 Jun

Here is an interesting read about the Qatar 2022 World Cup: http://mg.co.za/article/2014-06-25-why-qatar-and-the-2022-world-cup-are-a-good-fit

6:53:03 pm - Mon 30 Jun

6:52:43 pm - Mon 30 Jun

6:51:16 pm - Mon 30 Jun

A entertaining end to an entertaining half. Pogba has been imperiously bossing the French midfield. This time though it was Matuidi, who burst forward with authority. He spread it wide to Valubuena, but Debuchy failed to convert a golden opportunity in the box.

At the other end, Emenike found space on the Nigeria right and took the ball towards the French penalty area. He wasn’t closed down immediately and so tried his luck. Lloris was equal to it though and palmed away.

No goals after 45 minutes.

6:38:42 pm - Mon 30 Jun

We go from manic mode to mellow and back. Both teams have settled down a little more and it’s a little less frantic for the moment. Nigeria has 53 % of possession for the moment. Still, I feel Nigeria lacks penetration…

6:34:45 pm - Mon 30 Jun

6:30:07 pm - Mon 30 Jun

This is the most open of knockout games so far. France’s main danger is coming from the right with Valbuena. Benzema has been relatively quite. Onazi and Mikel boss the midfield, but The Super Eagles lack precision in the final third.

6:28:31 pm - Mon 30 Jun

6:26:37 pm - Mon 30 Jun

6:26:05 pm - Mon 30 Jun

Extraordinary attack by the French! Pogba carves open the Nigerian midfield with a bursting run. He passes it to Valbuena on the right, who delivers an inch-perfect cross to the diminutive Juve midfielder, but the volley is saved by Enyeama, who plays for Lille in Ligue 1.

6:21:36 pm - Mon 30 Jun

Nigeria has the ball in the back of the net!!

Ohh, but it’s correctly ruled out for offside. Emenike latches on to a curled through ball by Musa and pokes it past a diving Lloris at the near post, but the flag goes up on the far side and the Nigeria No9 is offside.

6:17:36 pm - Mon 30 Jun

6:16:42 pm - Mon 30 Jun

This is brisk and breezy stuff from both teams. They don’t want to sit back and die slowly. The Nigerian forward line is supposed to be part of a 4-2-2-2, but it’s very flexible with Musa, Moses and Emenike roaming around and Odemwingie dropping deep…

6:05:18 pm - Mon 30 Jun

Nigeria is forward a first time, with a corner by Musa from the right. It’s easily cleared by the French rearguard. At the other end, Matuidi creates havoc on the left. Oliver Giroud tries to head the ball goal wards on the ensuing corner, but the referee blows his whistle.

5:59:18 pm - Mon 30 Jun

5:54:39 pm - Mon 30 Jun

And the players are on the pitch….

5:53:04 pm - Mon 30 Jun

Here are some interesting facts, courtesy of FIFA.com:

Nigeria have become the first African team to reach the knockout phase for a third time, repeating the feat of their predecessors in 1994 and 1998. The continent still awaits its maiden semi-finalists, however, with a trio of sides having reached the last eight before exiting: Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana four years ago.

The Super Eagles saw off France 1-0 in a friendly in Saint-Etienne on 2 June 2009. Five players involved that day could feature in Brasilia: Patrice Evra, Loic Remy and Karim Benzema for France, plus Nigerian duo Peter Odemwingie and Vincent Enyeama.

France have grabbed a spot in the knockout phase for the sixth time since 1958. Each time Les Bleus have made it out of the group stage, they have gone on to reach at least the semi-finals, finishing third in 1958, fourth in 1982 and third in 1986 before lifting the Trophy in 1998 and reaching the Final in 2006.

5:49:38 pm - Mon 30 Jun


Johan Cabaye: ”It is good to be ambitious but winning the World Cup is not easy as one can see by the good teams that have already been eliminated. I respect Nigeria, though we can beat them, but to say we are going to win the World Cup one has to be careful. There is still a long way to go.”

5:46:50 pm - Mon 30 Jun

France make six changes after taking resting some players against Ecuador, with Olivier Giroud recalled and Yohan Cabaye back from suspension: Lloris, Debuchy, Varane, Koscielny, Evra, Pogba, Cabaye, Matuidi, Valbuena, Giroud, Benzema.

Nigeria make one enforced change, with Victor Moses replacing Michael Babatunde, who broke his left wrist against Argentina: Enyeama, Ambrose, Yobo, Oshaniwa, Omeruo, Musa, Onazi, Mikel, Moses, Odemwingie, Emenike.

5:41:35 pm - Mon 30 Jun

France impressed against Switzerland and Honduras, but Ecuador gave Les Bleus a reality-check. Deschamps’ men will be aware that Nigeria is probably the strongest team they have have face so far. Benzema has been in excellent form, France’s midfield is very dynamic and the defense is starting to shape up. Les Bleus on a roll?

5:38:13 pm - Mon 30 Jun

Nigeria played quite exciting football in the group stages – at least, the form of the Super Eagles got better game by game. A crucial and hard-fought victory against Bosnia followed a poor draw in the opener against Iran. The first round culminated in an exhilarating display against Argentina, with Musa stealing the show, but it didn’t prove enough to stop Lionel Messi as Argentina won 3-2.

5:32:02 pm - Mon 30 Jun

5:27:28 pm - Mon 30 Jun

FRANCE X NIGERIA

Africa’s challenge at this World Cup is still very much alive. In South Africa, Ghana was the only XI, carrying the hope of a continent, after the group stages – and we all know what happened next in the quarter-finals! This time Luiz Suarez wont’ be around to spoil the party if Algeria and/or Nigeria progress to the quarter-finals. For that to happen, though, they will need to beat Germany and France respectively.

Hello and welcome to Mail & Guardian’s live coverage of the 2014 World Cup. I, Samindra Kunti, am your host for today. No Copacabana beach today! I have moved up north to Refice, close to the equator. Quite a tropical climate! I am in a hammock, sipping some soda. Not bad! But let’s focus on the matter in hand. I ‘ll be providing you with updates from the encounter between Les Bleus and The Super Eagles – for the football illiterates: France x Nigeria.

 

4:08:02 am - Sat 28 Jun

Of Boys and Men

- by Alexandre Gontijo

For now, Latin America seemingly rules the world of football. That must be the conclusion after the group stages of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Europeans had always known that it was going to be tough to win the most coveted trophy in world football on the other side of the Atlantic.

Mexico, Costa Rica, and also the USA, did their homework and put out traditional powerhouses like Portugal, Croatia, England and Italy.

The heat is a factor, but it can’t be denied that in this globalized world all teams are starting to know each other better and better. The opponents got a more human face. The huge presence of the local fans cannot be underestimated. They create a feel-good factor and truly became a twelfth man for their teams.

Brazil and Argentina are obviously traditional giants with a rich football history and culture. But Colombia is a prime example of how much potential, or quality in fact, South America has. Even without its star player, qualification came easily, as did the world’s fear for the Colombians.

Cesar Prandelli – his Italy being a victim of Uruguay and Costa Rica – was very impressed by how clever and how well prepared the South American teams were in the early stages of the World Cup.

But this World Cup has also seen a lot of disappointing teams and players –  mostly European. What follows might in fact read as a line-up of flops – in a 4-3-1-2 formation: Akinfeev; Joao Pereira, Pepe, Gerard Piquè, Jordi Alba; Muntari, Steven Gerrard, Boateng; Cassano; Diego Costa and Balotelli.

The Russian goalkeeper conceded five goals and didn’t impress at all. Portugal and Spain were simply a house of cards. Holland trashed the defending world champions 5-1 and Germany hammered Portugal 4-0. Both Iberian outfits were soulless – from the violence of Pepe to the lack of understanding between Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos. Jordi Alba attacked a journalist when he wrote that Alba wasn’t good enough. Muntari and Boaeteng were supposed to be the pillars of the Ghanian midfield, but they preferred to look down on their teammates (and possibly bicker about bonuses as well). Their FA sent them on their way.

Balotelli’s public life remained questionable and he didn’t do much better on the pitch. Luckily, for Balotelli, Diego Costa was even worse. He didn’t consider to play for Brazil – or Spain stole him – but Costa looked woefully out of place in Spain’s system.

Sixteen countries have left Brazil by now, but now the hour of truth has come: the knockout phase will separate the boys from the real men.

Alexandre Abreu Gontijo is a Brazilian football journalist. Gontijo has a phenomenal knowledge of South American, and international, football. He wrote for O Pasquim and has been a consultant for various international media. Gontijo writes a blog for globoesporte – http://globoesporte.globo.com/platb/conexaogontijo/ He lives in Rio de Janeiro. 

12:14:58 am - Tue 24 Jun

RS11716_23_06_35-lprBrazil got a much needed confidence boost tonight. I suspect Chile will fancy its chances on Saturday in Belo Horizonte. This Brazilian defense doesn’t look watertight at all, let alone Sanchez-tight.

Cameroon did not collect any points in this group, but Cameroon goes home with its head held high. The Indomitable Lions played valiantly, especially in the first half, against Brazil, but ultimately Scolari’s troops were better.

I’d suggest for you to fasten your seat belts as this World Cup has much more in store for us. For now though, it’s goodnight from us in Rio de Janeiro.

11:56:22 pm - Mon 23 Jun

Quite a telling stat:

11:56:00 pm - Mon 23 Jun

Full-time in Brasilia. Convincing win for Brazil. Easily, the host’s best performance this tournament.

11:52:31 pm - Mon 23 Jun

Brazil’s technical commission looks on. They must be happy bunch. Brazil finally shows some of its flair. Not vintage yet, but they might want to keep that for the encounter with Chile in the round of sixteen. Marcelo, meanwhile, bursts forward and Willian provides overlap. He tries to curl it to the far post, but his shot lacks precision. Into added time.

11:47:50 pm - Mon 23 Jun

11:45:35 pm - Mon 23 Jun

Mexcio has added a third and that would have made for some interesting math, as both Brazil and Mexico would have been locked on the same number of points and the same goal saldo. But no such worries for Brazil. Fernandinho is now openly vying for a place in the first XI. He has scored Brazil’s fourth goal of the evening.

11:36:26 pm - Mon 23 Jun

11:35:46 pm - Mon 23 Jun

RS11732_23_06_53-lprWebo is replaced by Aboubakar, as Cameroon makes a change. Here is a photo of Fred, celebrating his goal. No comment. © Mowa Press

11:32:21 pm - Mon 23 Jun

Neymar gets an ovation, both in Brasilia and here at Copacabana beach. What an incredible game he has played – how he has carried his ten colleagues and a whole nation. He doesn’t cease to amaze. Scolari thinks it’s enough for now and brings on Willian.

Meanwhile, Rafa Marquez has scored for Mexico. Croatia – remember – needs to win to qualify for the second round.

11:29:39 pm - Mon 23 Jun

Oscar is more involved now. Brazil looks comfortable. Even Cameroon is happy. Brazil is winning again and Finke’s team is not embarrassed.

11:26:07 pm - Mon 23 Jun

I never understand why Scolari likes Ramires that much. Yes, he brings more solidity to Brazil’s defense, but isn’t this game all about winning over the Brazilian fans?

11:23:19 pm - Mon 23 Jun

I wanted to grab a cookie during the break, but no such luxury for me. Another internet failure here in Rio, but at least Brazil got off to a fast start. Luiz Gustavo was in acres of space down the left and he clipped the ball to the far post, where Fred, in his archetypical style, heads home. Fred almost always scores ugly goals and this is one of them. Actually he is a yard offside. But he goes on a wild run in celebration. He must be the most relieved man on the planet, no?

Fernandinho built that attack. He replaced the disappointing Paulinho.

11:02:09 pm - Mon 23 Jun

Fred ineffective? Think again! This graph proves how dangerous Fred is – when he is involved, Brazil is able to create chances this game. You ‘ve got to love visual data, no?

10:58:08 pm - Mon 23 Jun

RS11727_23_06_46-lprI guess we can’t get enough of him – Neymar is now the competition’s golden boot with four goals. Will he add some more after the interval? Don’t go anywhere and find out.
© Mowa Press

10:55:22 pm - Mon 23 Jun

And this:
http://mg.co.za/article/2014-06-23-do-or-die-as-world-cup-tension-mounts

10:54:16 pm - Mon 23 Jun

If you are taking a short break, do read this on the Red Devils:
http://mg.co.za/article/2014-06-19-a-battle-for-belgitude

10:52:13 pm - Mon 23 Jun

A succinct analysis:

10:50:47 pm - Mon 23 Jun

Cameroon was in the ascendency for a while, and the Indomitable Lions are determined to keep it a competitive game after their first two dreadful showings. That said, it’s Brazil, who come closest to adding another goal. Fred, Oscar and the omnipresent Neymar triangulate their way into the box and they set up Hulk, who miscues it. That deserved better!

And that’s halftime. Quite an entertaining 45 minutes. Again not top-notch from Brazil, but Scolari will be the happier coach going into the dressing room. Can Brazil finish the Indomitable Lions or has Cameroon got one final fight left?

10:40:55 pm - Mon 23 Jun

RS11721_23_06_41-lprIn fact, Itandje was diving towards his right more or less, but than Neymar is very cunning – everyone expected him to continue his little run on the right. © Mowa Press

10:38:47 pm - Mon 23 Jun

Whoever wrote this script, is taking the mickey out of us – football fans. Brazil in front again! GOOOOL DO BRASIL shouts Galvao Bueno at the top of his voice on TV Globo, as the ball hit the net. Neymar received a long pass from Marcelo, sneaked into the box and comfortably rolled the ball past a wrong-footed Itandje.

10:31:28 pm - Mon 23 Jun

10:29:39 pm - Mon 23 Jun

Cameroon may not know how to defend, but its defenders sure know how to attack and score. Nyom, a fullback, romped forward and passed a desperate Daniel Alves deep into Brazilian territory. He crossed it two central defender Matip, who scored one of the easiest goals of his life – a simple tap in.

10:26:23 pm - Mon 23 Jun

Commentator’s curse? Cameroon has equalized!

10:25:40 pm - Mon 23 Jun

Helicopters flying over Copacabana beach, fireworks going off. Yes, this is the World Cup in Brazil. The fans have settled down a bit now. They were restless, but now all seems well. Brazil en route to the round of sixteen.

10:24:03 pm - Mon 23 Jun

10:22:53 pm - Mon 23 Jun

Great finish from Neymar – so subtle. And Brazil almost makes it two. It’s that boy Neymar again. He meets a dropping ball at the edge of the box and volleys it nonchalantly towards goal. Itandje parries with quite some difficulty.

10:20:41 pm - Mon 23 Jun

10:19:46 pm - Mon 23 Jun

GOOOL DO BRASIL! Neymar brings salvation. Brazil has not looked comfortable at all, but boy wonder puts Brazil one up with a one-touch finish form Luiz Gustavo’s excellent cross. Neymar side footed the ball past a helpless Itandje.

10:16:12 pm - Mon 23 Jun

RS11705_23_06_22-lprFirst image from Brasilia. You can’t fault Daniel Alves for effort here, as he tries to hold off Chopo-Mouting. The Barcelona right-back has been criticized for a lack of diligence in defense. He does tend to leave a lot of space in behind himself. Cameroon already exposed Alves once this game, but Enoh’s shot got blocked in the 11th minute. © Mowa Press

 

10:10:12 pm - Mon 23 Jun

Let’s not forget there is another game on – in Recife, it’s still scoreless between Croatia and Mexico.

10:07:18 pm - Mon 23 Jun

That Cameroon defense already looks shaky and Brazil haven’t gotten out of first gear yet. Neymar and Hulk carve open the African defense on the right and Fred should really score, but his misery continues as Itandje clears. Brazil makes its intentions clear straightaway.

10:01:28 pm - Mon 23 Jun

And off we are…

10:00:34 pm - Mon 23 Jun

So how does Scolari react to all this criticism and the increasing pressure? Well, in fact, he doesn’t do much at all. He has chosen to show faith in his preferred XI.

Here is the whole cast for tonight.

Cameroon: Itandje, Nyom, Matip, N’Koulou, Bedimo, Enoh, Moukandjo, Mbia, N’Guemo, Choupo-Moting, Aboubakar.
Subs: Feudjou, Assou-Ekotto, Djeugoue, Nounkeu, Eto’o, Makoun, Chedjou, Webo, Fabrice, Salli, N’Djock.

Brazil: Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Luiz, Marcelo, Paulinho, Gustavo, Hulk, Oscar, Neymar, Fred.
Subs: Jefferson, Fernandinho, Dante, Maxwell, Henrique, Ramires, Hernanes, Willian, Bernard, Jo, Maicon, Victor.

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

9:58:02 pm - Mon 23 Jun

The host has been strangely absent at its own party. After a lucky win against Croatia in the opening game, Scolari’s XI disappointed and was comfortably held by Mexico. Fred took a lot of the blame for that poor display, but Brazil’s problems run deeper: its fullbacks remain vulnerable, Paulinho is woefully out of form in the midfield and there is a distinct lack creativity.

9:56:43 pm - Mon 23 Jun

Fans at Copacabana beach…DSCN1854

9:54:42 pm - Mon 23 Jun

And that is the Cameroon national anthem…

9:53:14 pm - Mon 23 Jun

This World Cup can’t be over soon enough for Finke’s squad, but can Cameroon leave the biggest stage of all with some dignity and walk that road of redemption? Personally, I think this is going to be a routine victory for Brazil,  but if Cameroon do pull off the improbable, seismic shocks, not felt since the Maracanazo in 1950, will be felt in Brazil.

9:50:45 pm - Mon 23 Jun

9:49:19 pm - Mon 23 Jun

Unfortunately, for Cameroon,  this has possibly its worst World Cup in history – and Eto’o is not to blame per se. He won’t even be playing tonight. Cameroon is already eliminated, going into the game with Brazil. The Indomitable Lions have, indeed, been quite a farce at this tournament. They threatened to strike over bonus payments before departure; Alex Song got himself needlessly sent off; they openly reprimanded each other during games, and, on top of all this, FIFA is investigating Cameroon for match-fixing, after some dubious plays against Croatia.

9:47:58 pm - Mon 23 Jun

DSCN1849This is the scene at the FIFA fan fest in Rio de Janeiro. It’s rather overcast, as you can see. But it hasn’t stopped the Brazilians fans from turning out in great numbers. This space can hold about 20,000 fans, and by the looks of it, they are all here.

9:45:14 pm - Mon 23 Jun

This is what I wrote about Cameroon before the start of the World Cup (http://mg.co.za/article/2014-06-12-could-this-be-africas-time-to-shine):

“Cameroon lost their three group games in South Africa and unfortunately the omens don’t bode well for the tournament in Brazil, where the Cameroonians have to face Mexico and Croatia, as well as the hosts, in Group A. The Indomitable Lions’ lucky break against Togo, who had three points deducted for fielding a suspended player, characterised Cameroon’s lacklustre qualifying campaign. German coach Volker Finke, a Freiburg coach for 16 years, tries to organise his team around Alex Song and Enoh Eyong, two excellent midfield holders. Samuel Eto’o spearheads the front line. His stormy character might disturb the much-needed tranquillity within the Cameroon camp and spoil their slim chances of emulating Roger Milla’s achievement in 1990.”

9:41:29 pm - Mon 23 Jun

BRASIL – CAMEROON

That Chile vs. Holland game was a bit of a dull affair – by this World Cup’s high standards. Goals from Depay and Ler, late in the second half, ensured a relatively comfortable win for the Duch. But let’s turn our attention now to the real deal – host nation Brazil takes on Cameroon. Hello and welcome from Copacabana beach!! Are you ready for another crazy 90 minutes of action? It’s the business end of the group stages.

4:37:56 pm - Sun 22 Jun

Mauricio Savarese believes the World Cup has to be ready for Brazil, and not vice versa.

Mauricio Savarese believes the World Cup has to be ready for Brazil, and not vice versa.

THE HALFWAY MARK

As the World Cup approaches the halfway mark today – at least 32 of the 64 games will have been played – Mail & Guardian sat down with Brazilian journalist Mauricio Savarese to get his thoughts on a remarkable tournament so far. Savarese is the co-author of the book A to Zico, an Alphabet of Brazilian Football.

The 2014 World Cup is well underway in Brazil as the group stages are slowly reaching a climax. The football on display has been excellent and its results rather unpredictable. Robin Van Persie scored arguably the goal of the tournament, Thomas Muller got a hat trick and Messi salvaged Argentina twice. Meanwhile, defending world champions Spain and England were flung out of the tournament and sent home.

“It has been the greatest World Cup that I can remember,” Mauricio Savarese, who first started watching the World Cup in 1990, says. “The 2006 World Cup was as bad as the 1990 World Cup. The best players were all defensive. Fabio Cannavaro won the FIFA World Player of the Year Award in 2006 and that set a trend until Pep Guardiola and Barcelona came along. The 2010 World Cup was a bit of a transition. Spain was a team that played good football but scored few goals and had a strong defense. Now, it is different. Holland has very good defenders but also very good attackers. If you score more goals now, you can win.”

Mega-events traditionally receive a lot of negative coverage before they start. It was widely feared that Brazil’s organization of the 20th World Cup might turn into a unmitigated disaster, but so far there have been no major problems. Empty seats, riots in Belo Horizonte between Brazilian and Argentinian fans and Chilean fans storming the media center at the Maracana have been among the main concerns for organizers. On the whole, Brazil seems to meet the much debated FIFA standards pretty well.

Transport was one of the big issues. “There were low expectations about the airports and Belo Horizonte and Salvador have problems, but they are not gigantic,” Savarese explains. “The airports are the bottlenecks of the country. They can handle 30 million people. It doesn’t change much during the World Cup. Most of the visitors are Chileans, Colombians, Ecuadorians and Argentinians. They know how to deal with it and adapt quickly.”

This highlights the fact that the foreign visitors, and by extent the World Cup itself, should be ready for Brazil, and not vice versa. Savarese adheres to this unconventional view. “Thierry Weil [FIFA Director of Marketing] said a few weeks ago that in Europe everything is carefully planned, in Brazil everything happens in the middle of the night,” Savarese begins. “I don’t stimulate this culture, but most people don’t understand how Brazil ticks. Brazil played a vital role by hosting the World Cup in 1950 after World War II and this time Brazil saved the rotation system.”

It is the second time Brazil hosts the biggest football tournament in the world, but the event doesn’t have widespread backing by the Brazilian public. “Brazilians are self-centered and self-absorbed,” Savarese says. “In Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo they want to look critical for the foreigners. Up north, the feeling is different. Manaus, for example, was always looked down on and now the city feels part of Brazil.”

While some results in Brazil have been surprising, notably Costa Rica topping group D, one trend has remained: the African teams are again falling short of their potential. “Only Ivory Coast has a chance of qualifying [for the knock out phase],” Savarese believes. “I have a hunch that African teams have surrendered themselves to European coaches. They have learned how to defend, but they have lost their characteristics. They are not a joy to watch anymore, like Nigeria in 1996 and 199 8 and Senegal in 2002. They were quick and sometimes naive up to the point of being inventive. Ivory Coast is a strong team, a bit like Switzerland.”

11:07:39 pm - Tue 17 Jun

RS11414_BRA_MEX_77-lprNeymar holding his head in despair is possibly the best image (photo – © Mowa press) to wrap up our live updates for tonight. All of a sudden, Group A becomes interesting. Brazil, depending on the permutations, might not finish top of its group. That would mean, Scolari and co might meet Holland in the round of 16. Remember, what happened in Port Elizabeth? But, that’s all speculation. Let’s see what Croatia and Cameroon offer us tomorrow. For now, I wish you a good night.

10:59:20 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Slowly, Brazil’s fans begin the leave Copacabana beach. They don’t have much to celebrate, do they? ” The 0-0 shows a well-disputed game,” Scolari told Brazil’s broadcaster right after the game. “We have been with the same system for 20 games. We are good, but we are meeting good teams. The result is not good, because a win would have qualified us.”

10:54:45 pm - Tue 17 Jun

That’s the full-time whistle. A pulsating match, but without goals. El Tri goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa deserves a special mention for his antics tonight. But, overall, Brazil was disappointing. Scolari’s men have it all to do in their final group game against Cameroon. 

10:51:51 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Julio Cesar received a lot of criticism before the tournament but you can’t fault him tonight. He prevents a late Mexican goal when he palms Jimenez’s half-volley away. A frantic end to this game.

10:47:15 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Lordy, Vasquez nearly broke Brazilian hearts…

10:45:09 pm - Tue 17 Jun

And Ochoa is thwarting the Brazilians. He saves Thiago Silva’s header with a super reflex. Neymar, who swung in the cross, can’t believe it. How on earth did Ochoa keep that out?

10:42:32 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Thiago Silva is booked as Brazil concede a free kick, but Giovanni Dos Santos’ effort is off target. In a final throw of the dice, Scolari takes off Oscar, who has been industrious but not at his best tonight, and brings on Chelsea’s Willian.

10:39:41 pm - Tue 17 Jun

RS11403_BRA_MEX_66-lprIt has turned out to be a frustrating night for Neymar and Brazil’s fans at the Castelao in Fortaleza. Can Brazil muster anything in the last minutes of the game? Photo - © Mowa press.

10:37:15 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Brazil is putting the Mexican defense under pressure. Wave after wave of attacks, but the Mexian rearguard is holding firm.

Meanwhile, lots of cursing going on at the Copacabana. I will spare you the translation.

10:32:47 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Brazil has woken up. There is an urgency to the game now. Jo might not be a world-beater, but Brazil seems to realize with his presence that something needs to be done. Neymar tests Ochoa from close range, but the Mexican can keep goal!

By the way, did you know that Jo has the shortest name in World Cup history (or so, Infostrada Sports informs me)?

10:26:44 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Scolari introduces Jo for Fred…

10:26:11 pm - Tue 17 Jun

The first jeers at Copacabana beach. Scolari does cut a lonely figure on the touchline. His Brazil side look very ordinary – it seems when Brazil doesn’t have great individuals, the many fractures are laid bare. Neymar tries to bend it like Beckham, but it’s a yard wide.

10:19:03 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Brazil remains unimpressive. You might say Mexico is dominating. “Are we going to play?”  asks Galvao Bueno, TV Globo’s commentator, somewhat rhetorically. Julio Cesar is suddenly a busy man as Vasquez and Herrera try their luck.

10:16:06 pm - Tue 17 Jun

RS11400_BRA_MEX_60-lprScolari said earlier this week, when asked about his relationship with his players, that he was their coach, friend, uncle and father. Not really sure what his facial expression is telling us here? He just looks frustrated. In fact, I think he is just cursing the referee. Photo - © Mowa press

10:10:47 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Bernard, who replaced Ramires, ventures forward on the right channel and his volleyed centre is cleared by Francisco Rodriguez. At last, Brazil shows some urgency. More to come?

10:07:09 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Captain Thiago Silva puts his studs on the Mexican captain Rafael Marquez. Then, Neymar is fouled. Hmmm, that’s another ugly start.

9:58:58 pm - Tue 17 Jun

DSCN1715The scoreline doesn’t dent the atmosphere at the FIFA Fan Fest in Rio de Janeiro. Fans from all over the world sing and dance to some jolly Brazilian tunes at Copacabana beach. This, indeed, is the biggest celebration on earth – the football world cup.

9:54:47 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Not the most exciting 45 minutes of this World Cup. Brazil didn’t click -again – and that must be worrying Scolari. The fullbacks have been rather quite. Neymar alone can’t carry the team and Oscar can’t reproduce his form of the Croatia game for the moment. Scolari will consider bringing on Willian or Bernard in the second half to spice it up a little. Mexico has to work very hard, run itself into the ground, but coach Herrara must be pleased with the way things are going.

9:46:20 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Vasquez and Paulinho come close, but it remains scoreless. And that’s the half-time whistle. Brazil – Mexico, 0-0.

9:44:20 pm - Tue 17 Jun

To be honest, you can’t deny this is a bit of a let down. Lots of industry, but a lack of quality on display. Where has Fred gone after a decent first ten minutes? Mexico lacks penetration.  For Jorge Melodia, a self-proclaimed musician with grey hair, who stands next to me, it’s all doom and gloom. “If Brazil plays Germany, Holland or Belgium, our team will be eliminated, ” he exclaims.

9:39:01 pm - Tue 17 Jun

What do you think of Mexico’s away shirt? We are so used to seeing the Mexicans in green…

9:34:17 pm - Tue 17 Jun

RS11377_BRA_MEX_41-lprPaulinho and Vasquez do battle during the first half of Brazil – Mexico at the Castelao stadium. Paulinho is tasked to shore up Brazil’s right side as much as he can. Meanwhile, Luiz Gustavo must contain danger man Giovanni Dos Santos. For now, it remains an enjoyable 0-0.

9:28:53 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Mexico, understandably, finds its much harder to keep possession against Brazil than against Cameroon. Rafael Marquez, the captain, tries to use all his experience to keep the ball in Mexican ranks. Hector Herrera smashes a shot towards goal, but Julio Cesar saves. At the other end, Neymar keeps creating havoc on the left. It’s Ochoa turn to produce an excellent save as Neymar’s downward header nearly sneaks in.

9:19:22 pm - Tue 17 Jun

DSCN1714Mexicans mark their presence in great numbers at the Copacabana beach. An estimated 15,000 fans of Herrera’s XI are said to be in attendance at the Castelao stadium. For now though, with just under 20 minutes played, Neymar and co hold the upper hand.

9:15:26 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Those cheers at Copacabana beach and at the Castelao stadium came a little too soon. Brazil recovers possession and Oscar skips past Aguilar – a situation Mexico definitely want to avoid this game – and Fred hits the side netting. Close, but no goal yet. Brazil is piling on the pressure. Fred, finally, looks a busy man, making runs off the ball and challenging defenders.

9:09:04 pm - Tue 17 Jun

It is a frantic start with the Mexicans playing a feisty game. Some neat interchanges of passes by Mexico. They certainly don’t look intimidated by Brazil.

9:00:40 pm - Tue 17 Jun

And off we are…

8:59:23 pm - Tue 17 Jun

DSCN1718But the Mexicans are also here at the FIFA fan fest. Ruben Mariel, with the red wig,  from Guadalajara, is one of them. “Mexico will win 2-o,” he said. “I am sure of it. We have a good team and if we mark Neymar with two defenders it should be a good game.”

8:54:38 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Mexico’s anthem is underway. For those Brazilian fans (and sympathizers) out there, who want to give it a try themselves – the a capella version that is –  here are the lyrics of ‘Hino Nacional Brasileiro’:

Ouviram do Ipiranga às margens plácidas
De um povo heroico o brado retumbante
E o sol da Liberdade, em raios fúlgidos
Brilhou no céu da Pátria nesse instante

Se o penhor dessa igualdade
Conseguimos conquistar com braço forte
Em teu seio, ó Liberdade
Desafia o nosso peito a própria morte!

Ó Pátria amada
Idolatrada
Salve! Salve!

Brasil, um sonho intenso, um raio vívido
De amor e de esperança à terra desce
Se em teu formoso céu, risonho e límpido
A imagem do Cruzeiro resplandece

Gigante pela própria natureza
És belo, és forte, impávido colosso
E o teu futuro espelha essa grandeza

Terra adorada
Entre outras mil
És tu, Brasil
Ó Pátria amada!

Dos filhos deste solo és mãe gentil
Pátria amada
Brasil!

 

8:52:59 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Lots has been said and written about Brazil’s national anthem and the way Brazilians ‘belted’ it out a cappella at the opening game in Sao Paulo. Expect no less today in Fortaleza! Thiago Silva and David Luiz have appealed in a video (check it here: http://globoesporte.globo.com/ce/copa-do-mundo/noticia/2014/06/thiago-silva-e-david-luiz-pedem-que-torcida-cante-hino-abracada-em-video.html ) to the Brazilians fans to sing the anthem, embracing one  another. The tradition of singing the Brazilian anthem a cappella dates back to a friendly in between Brazil and Argentina in October 2012.

 

8:51:33 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Here is Mexico’s line-up: Ochoa  Rodriguez, Marquez, Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar, Vazquez.

8:50:28 pm - Tue 17 Jun

DSCN1713Brazil fans in a good mood. The party is truly and well underway at Copacabana, with about 10 minutes left before kick-off. This should be a good game. It will be if it’s half as good as the atmosphere here at Copacabana.

8:48:27 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Mexico and Brazil have quite a history, and not always a pleasant one from the host’s point of view. In 2012, Brazil suffered another Olympic trauma, losing the gold medal match to Mexico. Herrera’s XI got its World Cup off to a good start, winning by the narrowest of margins against a feeble Cameroon.

Mexico will line-up somewhere in between a 5-3-2 and a 4-1-4-1. Layun and Aguilar have to provide overlap on the wings. Giovanni Dos Santos’s versatility might cause Luiz Gustavo problems in the midfield. Up front, Peralta, a scourge during the Olympic final, will test the resolve of David Luiz and Thiago Silva. Javier Hernandez starts on the bench.

 

8:47:29 pm - Tue 17 Jun

This man leaves no doubt as to how he is supporting.
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8:43:49 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Coincidentally, Brazil – Mexico marks Scolari’s 50th game at the helm of the Selecao Brasileira. That is quite a feat. Remember that he won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil in the Far East. Surprisingly, the Castelao in Fortaleza is Scolari’s true home when coaching Brazil. The venue has hosted Scolari’s Brazil three times, more than any other stadium. In 2002, Brazil defeated Yugoslavia 1-0 and lost with a similar scoreline to Paraguay in Fortaleza. Last year at the Confederations Cup, Brazil scored twice to defeat today’s opponents and Scolari will certainly be hoping for the same outcome.

 

8:42:43 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Brazil fans are ready for the game…

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8:38:31 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Here is Brazil’s line-up: J.César; D.Alves, T.Silva, D.Luiz, Marcelo; Paulinho, L.Gustavo; Ramires, Oscar, Neymar; Fred.

 

8:35:29 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Worse even, ‘the incredible Hulk’ is not fit for today’s game with Mexico. Hulk had to abandon training on Sunday with a painful thigh. Scolari will stick to his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. Ramires starts on the right. The Chelsea player is less physical than Hulk, but brings more speed to the game. In the second half, Scolari might bring Bernard or Willian on.

8:34:31 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is a worried man. Croatia proved to be a tough nut to crack last Thursday. Luckily Neymar and Oscar came to the rescue with outstanding performances, but some of Brazil’s weaknesses were exposed: Marcelo and Daniel Alves, the full-backs, were often caught out of position and Brazil lacked creativity and ball circulation in the middle of the park.

8:32:47 pm - Tue 17 Jun

DSCN1700Hello, and welcome to you all! We are live at the famous Copacabana beach – bright sunshine, cold beer (well, not for us), plenty of football fans and a big screen, what more do you need? We will bring you updates as the host Brazil takes on Mexico in its second group game.

 

8:28:41 pm - Tue 17 Jun

Is this the best World Cup ever? If the quality of Nigeria’s crosses, yesterday, is anything to go by, no. But it has been a marvelous spectacle so far in Brazil: Oscar’s little toe poke in Sao Paulo, Robin Van Persie’s leaping header and Arjen Robben’s Bergkamp-esque touches in Salvador, Andrea Pirlo’s utter dominance in the boiling heat of Manaus, Messi gently caressing of the ball in Rio de Janeiro and Thomas Muller’s obliteration of Cristiano Ronaldo in Salvador. Football fans have been on a mad ecstasy-filled roller coaster ride since last Thursday and they want this party to never end.

 

12:40:57 am - Fri 13 Jun

Before you turn to bed, here is some mandatory reading about the World Cup.
Take a look at Samindra Kunti’s preview of the African teams in Brazil: http://mg.co.za/article/2014-06-12-could-this-be-africas-time-to-shine
Daniel Taylor takes a look at the intriguing clash between England and Italy on Sunday: http://mg.co.za/article/2014-06-12-its-all-about-pirlo-and-possession

We apologize for the intermittent coverage of the opening game, but the internet connection at Copacabana beach was not as glamorous as the beach itself. After the game, the Brazilian fans at Copacabana chanted ‘Sou Brasileiro com muito orgulho.’ The day, indeed, belongs to Brazil and its 200 million football fans. From us, here in Rio de Janeiro, it’s good night and goodbye.

12:35:54 am - Fri 13 Jun

It wasn’t exactly a samba party, but Brazil has won the opening game – to the great relief of the Brazilian players, technical staff and fans. It was a feisty game and Brazil showed its vulnerability at the back. A phantom penalty turned the game in Brazil’s favor. Neymar converted to score his second of the game. In the dying minutes of the game, Oscar added a third, after Julio Cesar had produced a couple of good saves. While Neymar drew all the attention, Oscar was probably Brazil’s best player. FT: Brazil 3 – Croatia 1.

11:22:57 pm - Thu 12 Jun

Oscar is playing an outstanding second half for Brazil at the Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo, on Thursday, June 12, 2014. © MOWA PRESS

Oscar is playing an outstanding second half for Brazil at the Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo, on Thursday, June 12, 2014.
© MOWA PRESS

10:59:56 pm - Thu 12 Jun

Very entertaining opening 45 minutes in Sao Paulo. Marcelo scored Brazil’s first own-goal in World Cup history. A part of the lights went in the stadium. Brazil was clearly suffering from stage fright. With 76 percent of possession midway the half, Brazil had not mustered much. But then, that boy Neymar, rose to he occasion as he sneaked in an excellent, low shot passed Croatian goalkeeper Pletikosa after 29 minutes. Oscar did the hard work in the midfield.

1-1 at the break, game on!

10:40:33 pm - Thu 12 Jun

Neymar celebrates his equalizer against Croatia at the Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo on Thursday, June 12, 2014.  © MOWA PRESS

Neymar celebrates his equalizer against Croatia at the Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo on Thursday, June 12, 2014.
© MOWA PRESS

 

 

9:55:01 pm - Thu 12 Jun

And so the teams are out. The long wait is over…

9:53:51 pm - Thu 12 Jun

A lack of proper internet connection is preventing us from sending you proper images from the famous Copacabana beach, where we are based for the game. I can tell you it is rather overcast. No Brazilian sunshine!

9:51:17 pm - Thu 12 Jun

Croatia might well be party-poopers. Brazil struggled against the Croatians in its opener in 2006. Kaka’s curly shot, just before the break, was the difference between the two sides. Croatian coach Nico Kovac, ex-Bayern Munich player, deploys his troops usually in a 4-2-3-1 formation. He is accused of playing too defensively with an emphasis on organization, but in Luka Modric, the ‘Croatian Cruyff’, and Mateo Kovavic he has excellent forward-minded players. Mario Mandzukic is suspended for today’s game.

9:50:08 pm - Thu 12 Jun

Are Brazilians suffering from hubris? That is exactly what happened on July 13th, 1950, when Brazil suffered from the famous ‘Maracanazo.’ Brazilian playwright Nelson Rodrigues coined it ‘Our Hiroshima.’ World Cup legend Carlos Alberto Torres, who scored Brazil’s last game in the 1970 World Cup final against Italy, has warned against so much confidence.”You have to keep your feet on the ground,” he said.

9:44:36 pm - Thu 12 Jun

Brazilians are confident. Yesterday, Scolari addressed the nation. He spoke of a seven-steps plan – as many games as it takes to climb the winner’s podium.

“To all Brazilians, I want to tell you the time has arrived,” said Scolari.
“This is our World Cup.There are seven steps. We have to go up those seven steps but to start we have to think of the first step. We can’t jump the seven steps. The first step is against Croatia. After that we have six steps that we want to go up if we want to win the World Cup.”

9:35:55 pm - Thu 12 Jun

Does Brazil really need an introduction? Yes, and no. Brazil has won the World Cup five times and is considered the rightful owner of the beautiful game. That, said Spain has recently dethroned Brazil as the masters of the game. But Brazil is keen to prove a point at home. The Selecao doesn’t boast household names like Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Romario, Ronaldinho, Cafu and Roberto Carlos anymore. All eyes are on the one big star,Neymar. He is surrounded by a group of decent players. Coach Scolari tends to play a 4-2-3-1 with captain Thiago Silva and Chelsea’s David Luiz at the heart of the defense. Fred is the lone striker up top.

9:27:35 pm - Thu 12 Jun

“A bola vai rolar”, Brazilians would say – the ball is about the role. Indeed, at 17.00 local time,in just over 30 minutes, host Brazil entertains Croatia at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo’s east zone in the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

9:25:28 pm - Thu 12 Jun

That opening ceremony was rather short. The Brazilian flag was carried on to the pitch and Jennifer Lopez got in on the act. All in all, that was not too bad. But let’s now concentrate on the football.

8:47:24 pm - Thu 12 Jun

Meanwhile, the Brazilian team bus has arrived at the stadium, Arena Corinthians in São Paulo’ east zone.

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8:39:11 pm - Thu 12 Jun

The opening ceremony is underway. Colorful and full of dancing – Brazil at its very best. The ceremony is showcasing the diversity and beauty of Brazil and sets the scene for the Opening Match between the host nation and Croatia at 17:00. “The Opening Ceremony is a tribute to Brazil and its treasures: nature, people football,” the show’s Belgian artistic director Daphne Cornez told Fifa.com.

8:25:44 pm - Thu 12 Jun

Hello, and a warm welcome from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2010, South Africa hosted a month-long football festival that culminated with Spain defeating Holland in the final at Soccer City in Johannesburg. Iniesta scored with a half-volley in extra-time to crown ‘La Roja’ world champions. Do you remember that? I bet you do. And don’t tell me you are not a tad excited about this World Cup. Brazil, the spiritual home of football, is welcoming the world to its shores for the biggest show on earth.

8:18:56 pm - Thu 12 Jun

“#SomosTodosBrasil.” That’s the cover headline of Brazil’s biggest sports daily ‘Lance’ today. “We are ready to realize the dream of Brazilians,” said Neymar, Brazil’ boy wonder, yesterday. Is the Seleção truly ready to embark on its mission to win a sixth World Cup title? You’d think so. Brazil has been holed up in the mountains since May 26th to prepare for the big kick-off and defeated Panama and Serbia in its last two friendlies. But the pressure on Neymar and co is immense. In 1950, Brazil lost the World Cup on home soil against Uruguay. Can the Brazilians finally exorcize those demons?

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Live blog: Elections 2014

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Follow the M&G’s live blog for all the election updates as and when they happen.

9:53:17 pm - Sat 10 May

The Democratic Alliance, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) are the only three parties who have had seats in Parliament before that won more votes in this election than they did in the last one.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is one of only five parties that have received over a million votes in national elections. The others are the ANC, the Inkatha Freedom Party, the DA, and the Congress of the People (Cope).

7:21:43 pm - Sat 10 May

Four  parties in the national assembly for the first time: Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), National Freedom Party (NFP), African Independent Congress (AIC) and Agang. And it’s goodbye to the Minority Front, the United Christian Democratic Party and Azapo, parties that have had seats in Parliament since 1999.

3:27:25 pm - Fri 9 May

DA wins second place in the national vote andNorth West provincial EFF comes second in the provincial vote.

3:12:50 pm - Fri 9 May

DA and EFF are so close in North West

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2:57:02 pm - Fri 9 May

Results from 13 voting districts in Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg – where residents burnt down three temporary voting stations the day before the elections, and police were deployed to keep the peace – were unanimous: the ANC is the party of choice.

In 10 of the 13 districts, the ANC got more than 70% of the votes; 60% was the lowest result. The EFF was the second favourite.

The voter turnout was mixed. It was above 70%, which is on a par with the national average, in six districts. In two districts it was below 50%; and below 60% in another two; the rest were between 60% and 70%.

6:49:08 am - Fri 9 May

The unexpected story of UDM’s small success.

The party has emerged as something of an alternative for a handful of voters impressed with neither the ruling ANC nor the opposition DA.

It seems to have grown for the first time since 1999.

6:07:12 am - Fri 9 May

In case you missed it,  Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape are the only two fully counted provinces with ANC easily winning both provinces. North West looks likely to drop next with just two more voting stations to be counted.

Final Results for Mpumalanga Legislature :
24 seats – ANC
3 seats – DA
2 seats – EFF
1 seat – Bushbuckridge Residents Association

Final results for Northern Cape Legislature:
20 seats – ANC
7 seats – DA
2 seats – EFF
1 seat – COPE

5:37:00 am - Fri 9 May

Gauteng provincial results so far:

ANC: 53,35%

DA: 32,64%

EFF: 9,6%

5:25:20 am - Fri 9 May

Our story on Gauteng is up. It’s like a collation of all the live blog entries so far, but only more sane. Enjoy!

All eyes on Gauteng votes as ANC lags behind

The EFF has grown angry over the slow pace of vote counting in Gauteng, fearing it is linked to the ANC’s poor showing so far in the province.

All attention has turned to Gauteng during the 2014 elections, as Alexandra was rent with protests, errant IEC material was found dumped in various places and the politically uncertain province lagged behind in vote counting, causing suspicion among the opposition.

Gauteng’s slow counting of votes was a major cause for concern for some who linked it to the ANC’s poor performance in the province as the votes were brought in.

 

4:52:28 am - Fri 9 May

For the early risers just joining us we’re currently at 94% of voting districts counted with:

ANC: 62,59%,

DA: 21,96% and

EFF: 5,93%

The big issue however is Gauteng experiencing something of a blockage while ANC hover around the 50% mark there.

Read our sleep-deprived attempts to make sense of the situation below.

 

3:40:31 am - Fri 9 May

The ANC’s take on slow voting in Gauteng? “Much ado about nothing!”

Ok, that wasn’t an actual quote, as the person the M&G was talking to was ANC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni who had her head buried in her hands in the pose of pretty much everyone else on the IEC results centre floor at the moment asking themselves questions like: OH GOD WHAT AM I DOING HERE? WHY’S IT SO DAMN COLD?! HOW IS THIS MY LIFE RIGHT NOW?

And so on.

Khusela and a colleague pointed out that Gauteng was a populous province and weren’t that far behind the rest.

But according to another opposition figure, all was not entirely well in the state of Denmark, to continue the  strained Shakespearean references.

Pieter de Necker, formerly with the ACDP and now with the Collective for Democracy told the M&G in our late night ramblings of the floor that usually the urban areas like Johannesburg and Pretoria were counted pretty fast. But he added that the sharp rise of people voting outside their station may be responsible for the delay.

And the EFF guys? Floyd Shivambu and crew raised  reddening eyes to growl that something was definitely rotten in the state of Denmark.

Again, not actual quote.

2:48:42 am - Fri 9 May

Back to Trouble In Gauteng, as I’ve now taken to calling it. The outstanding voting districts are mostly from Johannesburg city and Pretoria: the two big metros. See, that’s suspicious for the likes of EFF and other opposition because urban voters are less likely to vote ANC. Could this delay be signs of some dodgy work? Hard to do given the scrutiny, one would imagine. And also bear in mind there are gazillions of people squashed into these two cities.

Okay maybe millions. But still. A lot more per square kilometer than the rest of South Africa.

2:38:24 am - Fri 9 May

Just over 21% of voting districts in Gauteng still have to be counted as tension rises over the issue. In happier news over 99% of votes in North West are counted. We’re almost there!

 

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See more results like this on the M&G’s live map of votes.

1:39:35 am - Fri 9 May

Gauteng, on the other hand, is cause for much concern given the slow pace of voting in the country’s most populous province. Opposition parties are worried as the ANC faced its biggest threat to power here.

There have also been a number of concerning reports from the province. Most urgent right now are community protests by angry Alexandra voters, who are said to be burning tyres and protesting outside the IEC office in the township, demanding to know how ballot boxes were found at a person’s house. More details here.

The EFF, who are one of the few parties left at the IEC results centre in Pretoria have just put out this statement about the slow pace of vote counting in the province.

EFF DEMANDS THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF GAUTENG RESULTS:

09 May 2014

The Economic Freedom Fighters demands the immediate release of Gauteng Results. Throughout the counting of votes in Gauteng, the ANC was reducing towards below 50% of the votes in Gauteng. At exactly 17H59, the ANC was at 50.21% of the Gauteng vote and immediately after that, the Gauteng results started to slow down and almost came to an absolute halt because the ANC was heading towards below 50% of the Gauteng vote.

The EFF Provincial leadership in Gauteng approached the Provincial Elections Officer to demand an immediate explanation on why Gauteng results are not streaming in because all Voting Districts have been counted and captured. The Provincial Elections Officer could not give an adequate response and chose to lie that capturing was continuing while such was not the case.

The National leadership of the EFF contacted the Chief Electoral Officer to demand an immediate meeting to explain on why the Gauteng results are not captured and the CEO refused the meeting. The EFF suspects that there is foul play because the ANC is heading towards less than 50% of the votes in Gauteng.

The EFF demands an immediate release of Gauteng results and calls for an immediate audit of the elections and votes in Gauteng because what is happening now is not satisfactory. There are many incidents of lost ballots and ballots found in bins across Gauteng, and it appears that the IEC is colluding with the ANC to prevent the reality that the ANC might go below 50% in Gauteng

The EFF still demands that the Gauteng Provincial Elections Officer and the Chief Electoral Officer should explain to the EFF what is causing the delay of the Gauteng results. The rest of the other issues we have identified about Elections irregularities will be raised once the final results have been counted in. The IEC should at least have the decency of explain to the EFF why results are being delayed and stop conniving with the ruling party.

The EFF will be awake and vigilant until dawn, waiting for a proper and adequate explanation on Gauteng results. The IEC came to the 2014 General elections with a damaged reputation and should not worsen such by refusing to promptly release the Gauteng results.

1:33:00 am - Fri 9 May

Western Cape tallying is very close to being completed. At 01:16 94,3% of voting districts had been counted in the province. Those outstanding appeared to all be in the City of Cape Town, which 71 stations there still to capture at 01:20.

Results so far in the WC:

DA – 57%
ANC – 34,34%
EFF – 2,26%

The DA has consolidated its majority as expected, up from 48,78% of the province’s vote in the 2009 election. The ANC have grown slightly as an opposition from 32,86% in 2009.

1:17:17 am - Fri 9 May

A clarification: The DA and ANC’s close race in Nelson Mandela Bay doesn’t have any bearing on this election. All that these elections have a bearing on in provinces is the premiers, MECs, and legislature: not on city mayors.

However it is significant for the 2016 local government elections. THis close a race means PE/NMB may come under DA rule then.

10:04:04 pm - Thu 8 May

Our story about ballot papers dumped in a field in Lynnwood Ridge in Pretoria is up. Summary: it’s really only a concern if a recount is needed. Counting was done already and it’s unlikely to affect results.

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Dumped ballot papers in Lynnwood to be investigated
08 MAY 2014 21:09 VERASHNI PILLAY

Images of dumped ballot papers found in a field in Pretoria have caused a minor outrage, but are likely only to be an issue if a recount is need.

Ballot papers found dumped in black bin bags in a field in Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria were probably left behind by Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) staff, and not a result of malicious intent, said Democratic Alliance (DA) party agent Jordan Griffiths on Thursday.

But the IEC has directed an immediate investigation into the matter and others like it.

The station, called “Cedar and Beech street” after the street corner it is located on, was housed in an IEC tent.

Read more here.

8:49:20 pm - Thu 8 May

Alexandra: The IFP says its supporters held election officials and ANC members hostage after apparently seeing ballot boxes being loaded into a strange car. Read more here

8:08:26 pm - Thu 8 May

Mpumalanga’s votes are in: the traditional stronghold of the ruling party gave the ANC a 78.33% win, while the DA has come in a distant second with 10.4% of the provincial vote. Read more

8:06:39 pm - Thu 8 May

Could the DA win PE?

The DA and ANC are neck in neck in Nelson Mandela Bay (PE) right now. Most of the votes are counted, with five voting stations still to be counted.

As at 8pm:

ANC: 47.44%
DA: 42.01%

Helen Zille claims on Twitter that the outstanding wards are DA strongholds. Lets wait and see.

7:45:05 pm - Thu 8 May

The M&G has just had an interview with IEC CEO Mosotho Moepya to understand how the mislaying of ballot boxes would apply to the casting of special votes and home visit votes, given their previous explanation RE Lynnwood. It seems a fairly watertight system that is difficult to defraud. Still: the dumping of ballot papers is a concern if a recount of votes is required in the event of an objection.

7:35:01 pm - Thu 8 May

On another note: International votes are likely to delay the counting of the total vote. The counting is speeding ahead with local votes but international votes are still being flown in and collated, the IEC said at its latest press briefing this evening. The commission has made a decision to allow the counting of votes received by 21:00 tomorrow, which means the counting of these votes will only be done tomorrow night. 10 out of the 106 missions abroad votes are outstanding, and the IEC has captured 17 905 votes so far abroad.

Only 26 701 South African abroad were registered to vote, a fraction of their numbers thanks to the sparseness of voting missions and having to take time off work to register and vote. Read the M&G’s previous article on the issue:

7:06:52 pm - Thu 8 May

Mamabolo also says for bags of ballot papers to leave the voting station before the count, without party agents noticing is very unlikely.

7:03:46 pm - Thu 8 May

The M&G has just spoken to deputy CEO Mr Sy Mamabolo to get clarity on how ballots counted, to understand the dumping of ballots in Lynnwood.

Mamabolo says that ballots are counted at the voting station. Party agents then sign a slip with these results. The SLIP is sent to the local counting station, and independent auditors ensure that it is the same as the slip at the voting station. So if ballot papers go missing after its been counted at the voting station, or gets mislaid, it’s not as much of a crisis as it seems, it would appear. Hence Mamabolo’s comment: “We don’t encourage people to mislay ballot. Mislaying ballots doesn’t amount to irregularity.”

So one scenario in Lynnwood is that that the ballots were counted, the slip signed off and sent through and the ballot papers improperly stored.

6:57:27 pm - Thu 8 May

EC says electronic voting is on the agenda for the future, but it has to be done in conjunction with parties, legislature, tweets @MyNews24

6:55:40 pm - Thu 8 May

IEC: Until capturing is complete we will not be in a position to give you a precise figure of turn-out, which is based on actual votes cast.

6:53:54 pm - Thu 8 May

IEC on mislaid ballot boxes: “Provisional results are announced at a station when it closes, party agents sign a slip to confirm results attributed to their parties are correct. Moves to a local counting site where it is captured and audited. If a ballot box is mislaid, does not affect regularity of accounting before party agents and presiding officer at the voting station. Mislaying of ballot box does not amount to an irregularity necessarily.”

It’s unclear what happens if the tally at the local counting site is at odds with the voting station count…

6:50:42 pm - Thu 8 May

An objection doesn’t necessarily mean there is an irregularity, says the IEC. Objections will close tomorrow at 9pm, and they will be considered by the commission before they declare the results. Must be finalised by the time the election is declared.

6:49:39 pm - Thu 8 May

Ballot storage places can be burgled and ballots which have already been counted can be stolen, says the IEC.

6:45:00 pm - Thu 8 May

Moepya says latest count of spoilt ballot votes were at about 1,37%: lower than it was in the 2009 elections.

6:44:11 pm - Thu 8 May

Ballots from abroad are in different stages of arrival, coming from various countries. (Not that there will be many of them… abroad votes will constitute barely half a seat in parliament, as the M&G has previously reported)

6:43:21 pm - Thu 8 May

IEC CEO Mosotho Moepya says the commission does not know yet about the ballot papers being dumped in Lynnwood, in Pretoria. Questions being asked at a press conference right now at the ROC. The commission will look into it.

6:36:25 pm - Thu 8 May

Lots of concern about dumped ballot papers found in Lynwood. Together with Gauteng vote count taking a long time, and the province being politically more divided than others, suspicion is running high on social media at the moment, with Lynwood trending on Twitter.

5:38:18 pm - Thu 8 May

Only one of the two new parties that came to these elections with great expectations is performing well. The EFF is coming third, so far, in the national election and in six of the provinces – Northern Cape, Western Cape, Free State, North West, Mpumalanga and Gauteng – and it’s number two in Limpopo.

The other party, Agang, despite being led by the highly respected Mamphela Ramphele who many people would like to see in Parliament, is among the tailenders. At present, it’s number 11 nationally, with 27 000 votes (0.24%).

In the provinces, Agang is doing best in Gauteng, where it has 7 502 votes, and with only 39% of the voting districts counted, she could add to that number. In the Western Cape her party got 7 000 votes; it got just over 3 000 in North West; in Limpopo it got 2 794; in Mpumalanga it got 1 700; in the Eastern Cape, 1695; in KwaZulu-Natal, 1 230; in the Free State, 903; and in the Northern Cape, a rather sad 448 votes (it wasn’t the lowest, however, one of the parties got 39 votes).

5:36:45 pm - Thu 8 May

AT 17:26: Just over 73% of voting districts had been counted, with the ANC at 62,49% of those votes, the DA at 22,53% & EFF at 5,38%.

5:28:50 pm - Thu 8 May

The Presidency has just announced that Jacob Zuma will visit the IEC ROC at about 20:00 tonight. Which means that the quiet lull we’re currently experiencing at the centre will end, as we get closer to counting all the votes.

5:16:34 pm - Thu 8 May

Ninety percent of the voting districts are in for the Western Cape so it’s probably now safe to say that the Democratic Alliance is the majority party. It’s got just over 1-million of the national election votes so far, up from just under a million in 2009 (1 086 082 from 989 132 to be exact) or from 49% to 57%.

The ANC trails behind by 447 000 votes. It has won 639 221 votes, which is only slightly down on the 666 223 it got in the last election. It remains at around 33% of the votes.

The provincial election results are fairly similar, the DA has won 59% to the ANC’s 32% of the votes.

The EFF is coming in third with 38 000 or 2%. Cope, once again, is limping home with 12 000 votes, a long way from the 66 082 it got in 2009.

4:52:13 pm - Thu 8 May

The EFF is the number two party in Limpopo at present. Julius Malema was expected to do well in his home province, but could he be heading towards becoming the official opposition there? His party has 89 000 votes (9%) in the national election and he’s doing well in the provincial election too. Cope, the outgoing official opposition, has once again been well and truly squashed. In 2009 it got 111 000 votes, this year it’s down to 7 000. The ANC is in the lead, as expected, whith 750 000 votes (78%). The DA is third with 63 856 votes (6%).

Results are in for only 60% of the voting districts, however, so there’s quite a lot of votes to come.

The voter turnout, at 62%, is notably lower than the other provinces. In 2009 it was also the lowest of all the provinces, at 70%.

3:26:44 pm - Thu 8 May

Numbers for 95% of the voting districts in Mpumalanga are in.

The ANC has 1 047 082 votes, in 2009 it got 1 152 698, so it needs another 120 000 to draw level with its previous election result. Its percentage of the vote in the province has dropped from 86% to 77%. The DA has 136 201 votes, up from 102 000 in 2009 (an increase of 30 000). Its percentage of the vote has increased from 8% to 10%. And the EFF is galloping down the home straight with 81 591 (6%). This is double the number of votes Cope got in the province in 2009 (38 802 votes). Cope, meanwhile, has tumbled to 3 754.

Another newcomer to national elections, the National Freedom Party, has won 8 984 of Mpumalaga’s votes.

1:39:07 pm - Thu 8 May

It looks like the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters have mopped up the votes shed by the Congress of the People in the Northern Cape. The DA had increased its share by about 40 000 votes (from 54 215 to 96 993, after just over 90% of the voting districts had been counted this afternoon). The EFF had 19 382, which is roughly the same number of votes the Independent Democrats had in 2009. Cope has shed around 50 000 votes. The ANC had 250 000 votes, very similar to its 2009 tally. It has around 61% of the province’s votes – the same as in 2009.

5:19:19 pm - Wed 7 May

Reorter Verashni Pillay is at the IEC briefing in Pretoria

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Don’t forget, you can check out our Elections 2014 special report for all the latest news.

4:21:18 pm - Wed 7 May

The mining strikes that have plagued the platinum belt in Rustenburg over the past two years are playing a pivotal role in how residents vote. Full story.

4:20:05 pm - Wed 7 May

Vavi says dogs should be able to choose for themselves.

2:34:06 pm - Wed 7 May

As South Africa goes to the polls, we look at how President Jacob Zuma has campaigned around key issues in the run-up to elections. Full story.

2:27:50 pm - Wed 7 May

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“If Zille comes here but not with her ‘Viva, viva!’… she mustn’t come here with her rock n’ roll”.

2:01:51 pm - Wed 7 May

Sweet picture of Mutanga Mukwevho who is 140 years old and believed to be the oldest person in SA to vote.

1:56:54 pm - Wed 7 May

Winnie did a quick walk through, and was crowded with adoring fans. Mostly children. She smiled and hugged them but did not speak. The IEC politely said she was causing a scene and she got in her black Audi and was driven off. – Reporting by Sipho Kings.

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Watch the video of ANC officials trying to stop Helen Zille from entering the voting station at Walmer Town Hall in PE. (Victoria John)

1:06:41 pm - Wed 7 May

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Voters in Nkandla queue to vote at Ntolwane Primary School in KwaNxamalala, where Jacob Zuma voted earlier on Wednesday. (Picture: Rajesh Jantilal)

1:02:11 pm - Wed 7 May

Helen Zille arrives at Walmer Town Hall in PE:

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“There was quite a ruckus when Zille started walking towards Walmer voting station. ANC officials tried to block her. Much shouting and “don’t push me!!” – reporting by Victoria John. Additional information to follow.

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Zamdela residents were angry with the government a year ago. Many say they will not vote because “politics is pointless”. Full story.

12:42:30 pm - Wed 7 May

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Download our #Elections2014 smartphone app for election updates from around the country. mg.co.za/savotes

12:21:39 pm - Wed 7 May

“We can vote and [it's] relatively peaceful, isn’t it? Wonderful! Wonderful!”- The Arch.

Full story via Times Live.

12:16:47 pm - Wed 7 May

Everyone’s favourite puppet, Chester Missing, has been dishing out some voting advice on Twitter.

Take a look:

12:11:53 pm - Wed 7 May

Here’s a round up of Born Free thumbs who were excited to go out and vote today:

12:06:10 pm - Wed 7 May

12:02:39 pm - Wed 7 May

Violence on the eve of the elections threatened to deliver on Bekkersdal residents’ promise not to vote, but peaceful voting has since begun there. Full story.

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Get live Twitter updates from all over the country by following our reporters on @mg_reporter

11:55:43 am - Wed 7 May

Marikana votes:

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11:52:45 am - Wed 7 May

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Unsealed ballots are being reported in Sea Point where Mamphela Ramphele is in attendance. Story to follow.

11:41:30 am - Wed 7 May

Update from the IEC:

11:37:46 am - Wed 7 May

Agang’s leader questions some unboxed ballots

11:20:55 am - Wed 7 May

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The world’s most popular search engine has produced a “Google doodle” to mark South Africa’s fifth democratic elections. More here: A doodle from Google for Elections 2014.

11:18:42 am - Wed 7 May

While you’re waiting… Watch: Malema’s Gift of the Gab.

The EFF leader proved to be quite the comedian at the last EFF rally.

11:17:27 am - Wed 7 May

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The Arch has arrived in Milnerton to cast his vote:

11:08:54 am - Wed 7 May

For the latest news and data analysis of the fifth democratic elections, check out this special report.

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VF and WASP are listed right at the top while all the others are in alphabetical order.

Is there a reason for this?

Yes there is. Herewith the explanation from the IEC.

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Bekkersdaal votes:

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Voting day in Khayelitsha:

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10:44:44 am - Wed 7 May

Helen Zille poses with a group of Born Frees in Rondebosch this morning.

10:42:06 am - Wed 7 May

All the parties listed on the ballot are in alphabetical order except for the VFPlus and WASP which are listed right at the top. Anyone know the reason for this?

10:29:26 am - Wed 7 May

The great race to the poll?

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Tactical voting is not simply about keeping the ruling party out of power. It’s about helping it stay on its toes. So how does a voter do that?

Read this piece to find out how to make the most of your vote.

10:16:40 am - Wed 7 May

Follow our reporters on @mg_reporter for updates from around the country.

10:13:40 am - Wed 7 May

President Jacob Zuma has just arrived at Ntolwane Primary School in Nkandla to cast his vote.

10:10:56 am - Wed 7 May

A few post vote words from Mamphela Ramphele

10:09:12 am - Wed 7 May

No news of Helen Zille’s vote yet. Although, she seems to be dealing with logistical issues with the IEC.

10:07:03 am - Wed 7 May

Gweezy drops it in… Easy:

10:05:32 am - Wed 7 May

Twitter has more South African followers during this election than any other. And political parties have used the platform through out their election campaign strategies to highlight points in their manifestos as well as reach out to the public in conversation. Today is no different…

EFF leader Julius Malema has just cast his vote alongside his grandmother:

10:00:11 am - Wed 7 May

Voting stations in Bekkersdaal are supported by the military security.

9:57:42 am - Wed 7 May

Even Google is on board. Go and cast your vote.

9:56:50 am - Wed 7 May

Voting fatigue/confusion/anxiety?

Elections are difficult. So as you make your way to your designated voting stations, here are nine things to remember when casting your vote.

9:55:08 am - Wed 7 May

Several of the M&G’s journalists are observing election day proceedings country wide. You can follow their live updates on @mg_reporter.

9:52:19 am - Wed 7 May

“Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the ANC have butted heads outside the Seshego polling station where EFF leader Julius Malema is expected to cast his ballot later this morning.” – Reports City Press.

9:47:20 am - Wed 7 May

Death to the selfie. Long live the thumbie.

South Africans country wide rose bright and early to check their boxes at voting stations. Since the IEC warned that selfies in booths would not be allowed, many decided to opt for the “thumbie”- Proof of their voting status.

Let’s take a look:

9:28:00 am - Wed 7 May

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The scene where two IEC tents were burnt in Bekkersdal last night during acts of violence. There is no sign of drama this morning. – Bekkersdal photos by Paul Botes

9:25:21 am - Wed 7 May

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Scenes from last night in Bekkersdal, where two IEC tents and a toilet were burnt.

9:18:43 am - Wed 7 May

City Press reports that members of the EFF and the ANC have butted heads outside the Seshego voting station where Julius Malema is due to cast his vote later in the morning.

8:57:44 am - Wed 7 May

Voting is now under way in Wonderkop and is running smoothly. Some voters say they feel influenced by the Marikana massacre and expressed anti-ANC sentiment

8:36:26 am - Wed 7 May

Voting under way in Zamdela where violent service delivery protests erupted over a year ago. Voters are slowly making their way to Nkgopoleng School this morning.

8:34:22 am - Wed 7 May

Another voting station in Wonderkop, Maruatona Primary, is also not open yet – the scanner is not working, according to an IEC official.

8:33:01 am - Wed 7 May

Rakgatla High School voting station in Wonderkop is still not open. No IEC officials have come out to talk to people yet.

8:31:42 am - Wed 7 May

All quiet in Bekkersdal this morning after two voting stations and a toilet were burnt down – no real sign of rioting or high drama.

8:28:15 am - Wed 7 May

Follow the M&G’s live blog for updates from around the country as South Africans prepare to vote in the fifth democratic national election.

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In the words of Oscar…

Oscar court

Oscar Pistorius has taken to the stand.

Follow the M&G’s live blog for all the updates as they happen.

1:01:21 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Court adjourns for lunch.

1:00:40 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:59:02 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:57:32 pm - Tue 8 Apr

When he heard the toilet door slam, he says it confirmed that the intruder was in there.

12:56:59 pm - Tue 8 Apr

He says he made his way down the passage without his legs on.

12:54:50 pm - Tue 8 Apr

It’s at this point he reached for the gun…

12:54:03 pm - Tue 8 Apr

When he thought it was a burglar, the first thing that came to his mind is that he needed to protect Reeva and himself.

12:51:46 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:51:23 pm - Tue 8 Apr

It’s at this point that he heard the bathroom window slide open and hit the door frame.

12:49:51 pm - Tue 8 Apr

He sobs as he recalls getting up to close the doors.

12:49:07 pm - Tue 8 Apr

He says he woke up in the early hours of the morning on February 14th when he noticed the doors were still open.

12:45:05 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:44:44 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Post adjournment, Oscar returns to court in a white t-shirt and shorts. Roux says he will demonstrate the removal of his legs.

12:37:20 pm - Tue 8 Apr

As he recalls the gift, he breaks down. Court adjourns for 5 minutes.

12:36:48 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:36:24 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar says they had both agreed not to make a big deal out of Valentines day, but when he got home on the 13th, there was a wrapped gift from Reeva on the table. He pretended to open it, but was told he could only open it the next day.

12:34:08 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:33:39 pm - Tue 8 Apr

While he shares these events, his voice starts to become very fragile.

12:33:17 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:32:34 pm - Tue 8 Apr

After the stretches and phone call, Reeva called Oscar to brush his teeth. He did so and then proceeded to get into the bed on the left hand side of the bed because his right shoulder was bothering him.

12:31:03 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:30:35 pm - Tue 8 Apr

The TV was on, Oscar and Reeva chatted. She surfed the internet occasionally showing him pictures while he decided to phone his cousin.

12:28:06 pm - Tue 8 Apr

The alarm was also activated. And he had a button nearby he could press to activate it.

12:27:19 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:26:29 pm - Tue 8 Apr

The purpose of the bat as an additional security measure was to jam the door closed in the event of the lock failing he explains.

12:25:28 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:24:44 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:23:18 pm - Tue 8 Apr

He then pulled the blinds and curtains to avoid the bugs from coming in.

12:22:20 pm - Tue 8 Apr

He says he placed the fans between the semi shut doors to try and get the warm air out.

12:21:56 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:20:26 pm - Tue 8 Apr

By the time he got upstairs, it was about 8pm. The aircon was not working and it was humid so he opened the balcony doors.

12:19:18 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:18:59 pm - Tue 8 Apr

After dinner, they cleared the table, he went upstairs and she followed soon after.

Says they had a taxing day, and would ordinarily have stayed and watched TV.

12:17:55 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Reeva was in the process of signing a new contract, so he went through it with her, making amendments.

12:17:25 pm - Tue 8 Apr

After chatting a bit at the dining room table, they had dinner shortly after 7pm.

12:14:48 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:14:34 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Referring to the iPad, Oscar says that while Reeva was cooking, he used it to surf the net and look at cars.

12:13:12 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:12:46 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:12:12 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar said he had planned a boys night, but Reeva, preferring to spend time with him and not have a girls night of her own, offered to cook for Oscar. He arrived after 6.

12:11:10 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:10:46 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar explains that on the afternoon of the 13th, he met with friends. “I didn’t have any plans for the afternoon”, he explains.

12:09:14 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:08:42 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Now on to the night of the incident in question.

12:06:39 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:03:58 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar says they were both to blame. He should never have asked to see the gun in the restaurant and Fresco should not have handed him a loaded weapon.

12:02:41 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar says it’s at this point that Fresco said he would take the blame.

12:02:07 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Angry at Fresco for handing him a live weapon, Oscar handed it back to him.

12:01:18 pm - Tue 8 Apr

He admits that asking to see the firearm was stupid.

12:00:57 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:00:31 pm - Tue 8 Apr

11:59:27 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux now moves on to the Tasha’s incident.

11:58:40 am - Tue 8 Apr

There is a dispute here between Fresco who says Oscar fired and Oscar who has now denied.

11:58:07 am - Tue 8 Apr

Says actual shooting of gun through the sunroof “never happened”.

11:57:48 am - Tue 8 Apr

Fresco was then issues with a fine, and Oscar, after being at a friends house that evening, left for Scotland.

11:56:30 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar admits to being angry at the lost ejected bullet that the cop released in the car. He could not find it. “I was angry he’d handled my firearm” .

11:55:20 am - Tue 8 Apr

In the re-telling of his version of events, Oscar is asked by Judge Masipa to slow down. He is talking too fast.

11:53:19 am - Tue 8 Apr

11:52:45 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar says that when he asked for his firearm back, the police officer became aggressive.

11:52:11 am - Tue 8 Apr

When he exited the car, Oscar says he left the firearm in the car. Did not take it with him.

11:51:35 am - Tue 8 Apr

At this point, Oscar exits the car, to try and diffuse the situation.

11:51:01 am - Tue 8 Apr

11:50:35 am - Tue 8 Apr

AFter initially being pulled over, Fresco, along with Oscar and Sam were pulled over a second time.

11:49:11 am - Tue 8 Apr

11:48:25 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux moves to the incident of Oscar shooting the sunroof of the car with his ex Sam Taylor.

11:47:03 am - Tue 8 Apr

Reeva then let Oscar know she was going to his house to do laundry. He told her she could spend the night there.

Roux now moves to the discharging of the firearm.

11:44:16 am - Tue 8 Apr

The meeting was with a financial advisor. She was just wishing him luck.

11:43:50 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar explains that the message Reeva sent him was in relation to a meeting he had.

11:42:18 am - Tue 8 Apr

One of the February 13th messages from Reeva say that she is thinking about him and wishing him luck.

11:38:26 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux now moves to messages sent on February 13th.

11:37:05 am - Tue 8 Apr

Court has resumed after the tea break.

11:16:10 am - Tue 8 Apr

Court adjourns for tea.

11:15:29 am - Tue 8 Apr

When she asked if she could have coffee with Warren, he responded that he will say her later “xx”.

11:14:41 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar is explaining Reeva’s relationship with Warren now… her ex boyfriend.

11:13:47 am - Tue 8 Apr

There’s a lot of exchanges between them about who misses who more. Roux moves to February 12th. Reeva sent a message saying: “See your woman told you, you looking good”.

11:12:22 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux continues on to the evening of February 11. He asks Oscar to continue reading it out. Reeva sent Oscar a message to say she misses him.

11:03:17 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux moves to the messages on the 1st of February now. Slowly nearing the night of the incident.

11:01:31 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar is extremely emotional now. Cradles his head in hands as he reads out the text he sent Reeva: “I miss you so much” .

10:58:44 am - Tue 8 Apr

Now Roux addresses the texts sent from January 29

10:50:40 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar’s ex girlfriend has just live tweeted a response to his reactions on the stand regarding the line of questioning as well as their relationship – when he accused her of being unfaithful.

10:38:55 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar explains why he mentioned that Reeva was not happy and why he addressed that in one of the texts. He says that she was stressed about a shoot and her diet and did not feel happy. He says he was trying to supportive.

Now on to the leopard dress text. She asked Oscar if she could wear the dress, Oscar replied that she should enjoy the night. And that he loved the dress because she looked amazing in it. He followed on with saying that he wished he was with her.

Roux wants to know how he felt that she went to functions without him… He explains that the nature of their work was that way. He was unhappy that he could not be with her but it often happened that they had events in both their lives they could not attend.

Later on Reeva sent a picture saying that she wished he was there too. And he responded with kisses back and told her she looks “amazeballs”.

10:33:37 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux now moves to the exchanges between them on January 16. Oscar very emotional now at the recitation of these messages out loud to court room.

10:30:50 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux wants to know about “boo” now. Oscar explains that it’s a term of endearment.

10:30:09 am - Tue 8 Apr

The line of questioning now moves to Oscar’s previous girlfriend, Sam Taylor, who sent several texts to Oscar asking him to reconcile. She believed Oscar had cheated on her.

10:26:08 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar confesses that Reeva received a lot of hate mail as a result of dating him.

10:23:51 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux still addressing a lot of the text messages between Reeva and Oscar.

10:08:34 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux wants to address the state’s use of specific messages now, that they raised questions about earlier in the trial.

10:07:23 am - Tue 8 Apr

Page 224′s last messages reflect the kisses and the “baby”, with no reflection of who sent the messages, but the additional page reflects who sent it. The judge clarifies the times of the messages and all seem resolved.

10:06:05 am - Tue 8 Apr

There is still confusion about where the additional page fills in. Nel is contesting here. Because Roux is making it seem like the pages reflect that the argument is over. Nel does not understand. The judge says she understands that the kisses imply the end of the argument and that it follows.

10:03:28 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux asking to turn to page 375 now… Some confusion here, the page seems to be missing. Roux is handing out the page in question now.

10:02:55 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux trying to get to the bottom of the “Baby” text. Oscar explains that it was a text from her to let him know she was thinking of him.

10:01:27 am - Tue 8 Apr

The Whatsapp that followed was “three kisses”… IE: xxx, which Reeva responded to with five kisses: xxxxx

10:00:24 am - Tue 8 Apr

“I’m sorry I wanted to go but I was hungry and upset” – Oscar’s message.

9:59:54 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar explained that he responded to Reeva apologetically. And tried to explain what happened.

9:57:22 am - Tue 8 Apr

When they left, Oscar says he dropped Reeva off at her place, and they did not talk until Reeva sent the message.

9:56:46 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar explains that the exchange happened on a bad day in their relationship. On the day he was running late and had to give Reeva’s friend a lift. They had an enjoyable morning, but he had mentioned that he could not eat the food there due to diet restrictions so they agreed they would leave at the same time.

Reeva started talking to an unknown gentleman, Oscar was upset that she had not introduced him even though he was standing next to her. “I felt maybe insecure, or jealous. She started tickling my neck… and I was not kind to her the way I should have been”.

9:53:22 am - Tue 8 Apr

“I’m scared of you sometimes and how you react to me…you make me happy 90% of the time” -Reeva.

9:52:06 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux turns to page 223 of 343, messaged sent on the 27th of January. Roux asks Oscar to read the exchange to the court. It’s the message where Reeva was at her friends engagement.

9:49:38 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux is currently going through a Whatsapp exchange between Reeva and himself. The exchange occurred during the Confederations Cup opening which Oscar participated in. Reeva was observing.

9:46:03 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar Pistorius is on the stand again today. Will he address the incident in today’s line of questioning?

2:41:00 pm - Mon 7 Apr

A debate going on now about Oscar’s state. Should they continue? The judge says he sounds exhausted and there is an agreement that they will adjourn until tomorrow.

2:40:11 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar says he had too much on his mind to sleep last night. “The weight of this is extremely over-bearing”, he says.

2:32:26 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar said he got the bull terrier because he wanted a better watch dog. 3 years later he rescued an American Pitbull, who he said was very passive. Roux makes reference to a video of police interaction with the police. Oscar says the dogs were licking the police officers and very friendly.

His selection of the particular breeds were because he wanted watch dogs and he thought the Jack Russell would make a good alert dog.

2:29:07 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Round about December 12th, Oscar said he started looking for property in Johannesburg, so that he and Reeva could move in together.

2:22:12 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar has not been back to Silver Woods estate (his place of residence) since the shooting.

2:17:54 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Does anyone know what the average amount of times is for South Africans to encounter crime or be a victim of it? Oscar’s stats are pretty high in terms of the encounters he has shared. Or are his instances just more because of his status?

2:15:42 pm - Mon 7 Apr

He says a similar, or the same car, has followed him on several occasions.

2:14:48 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar is now explaining the several instances he says he was followed home.

2:12:48 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Says that while he lived with his mother, there were several occasions where the house was broken into, and several items were stolen. He also mentions that many members of his family have been victims of violent crime. In 2005 Oscar’s home was broken into while he was in Manchester. He was informed by a neighbour. He returned from a trip a week and half later, to find his car roof had been cut. There was also an occasion where an intruder was in his garden. He says he had been shot at on the highway, and has more than once been followed home.

2:10:16 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Questioning now turns to exposure to crime. Oscar says everybody in SA has been exposed to crime. He offers the house break ins when he was growing up as an example.

2:09:00 pm - Mon 7 Apr

He says he smoked dagga with a friend when his mother passed away at the age of 15. But has since not had any encounters with illegal substances.

2:08:16 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Roux asks Oscar whether he consumed any drinks on the day of the boating accident. Oscar says he had a drink but was not intoxicated.

2:07:25 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar is back in the stand as Roux continues his line of questioning.

12:58:33 pm - Mon 7 Apr

The judge calls for a lunch adjournment.

12:56:36 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Quick break to share this meme…

 

12:51:39 pm - Mon 7 Apr

“The Vaal river runs from East to West”… Oscar is talking about a boating incident he had.

12:45:51 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Roux asks if Oscar is involved in any charitable work. He says was part of an organisation that started Mine Seeker. A charity that saw to those who had disabilities due to land mines.

12:42:01 pm - Mon 7 Apr

He says there is seldom a time when he does not have his prosthetic legs on. He keeps them on the side of his bed.

12:40:30 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar says he had trouble travelling. The prosthetics make blood circulation hard when he sits in confined spaces.

12:38:04 pm - Mon 7 Apr

He was devastated when he did not qualify for Beijing. He missed the qualification time by a quarter of a second. It was a very hard time for him, he says.

12:35:41 pm - Mon 7 Apr

He says that he thinks he really started to excel in athletics in 2009. He then goes on to revise a history of his winnings up until that point. Says that 2008 was a difficult year because of a case regarding the prosthetic legs and whether they had an advantage.

12:34:05 pm - Mon 7 Apr

The legs he started running with had been out for several years by the time he started using them. There has since been a lot of advancement. The ones he is currently using, have had no approved advancements left.

12:32:39 pm - Mon 7 Apr

He was offered a bursary to the University of Pretoria for athletics. While concentrating on that, he failed at academics, so he decided to turn professional. He mentions that there was not a lot of money in paralympics at that stage, so it was a bit of a struggle. But he mostly competed in able bodied meetings.

12:29:28 pm - Mon 7 Apr

“By the time we were informed she was sick, she was already in a coma” – Oscar Pistorius.

12:28:31 pm - Mon 7 Apr

The questioning again leaning toward Oscar’s mother and the effect that her passing had on him.

Oscar says even though his parents got divorced when they were quite young, there was a lot of contact between families.

“Everything we learnt in life I learnt from her”, he says.

12:26:44 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar says his first disabled meeting was in 2014.

12:25:17 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar says he was never much of an academic. But he participated in rugby and water polo, later moving on to athletics.

12:24:18 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar requested that he go to boarding school. After a discussion with his mom and family, he went to Pretoria Boys High.

12:23:19 pm - Mon 7 Apr

She (his mother) kept her fire arm in a padded bag under her pillow.

12:22:51 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar reveals that his mother would scared often, there were a few break ins at their home. His mom had a pistol.

Oscar is asked to speak louder… His voice still sounding fragile.

12:22:06 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Among others, Oscar and his brother tried canoeing and wrestling at school. His mother encouraged him to try things to overcome his physical disabilities.

12:21:14 pm - Mon 7 Apr

He says he got into a physical altercation with another kid at school who tore the buttons from his shirt. His mom defended him, telling the principle that she believed her kids should stand up for themselves.

12:20:20 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar says he did encounter bullying at school. When he revealed this to his parents, they encouraged him to stand up for himself.

“We were taught that we don’t cry to our parents at the end of the day”, he says.

12:18:56 pm - Mon 7 Apr

His prosthetic legs during primary school were heavy. Oscar says it was difficult with other kids – they are untainted when it comes to opinions…

12:17:58 pm - Mon 7 Apr

There is a lot of questioning around Oscar’s mother – And her reaction to his condition. He says his mom was care-free. She did not want him to see his disability as something that would hold him back.

12:16:48 pm - Mon 7 Apr

He explains that he was born with missing fibular – the bone between the knee and the ankle. He goes into detail about the amputation.

He received his first prosthetics when he was 13 months old.

12:15:46 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar is now giving the court a bit of background on his upbringing.

Says he grew up in a loving house hold. He gets very emotional when he is asked about his legs. “The difficulty is when I do not have my legs on”. He explains that there is very little mobility and balance.

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Live blog: The Nkandla Report

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Follow our live blog for all the latest updates on the release of the Nkandla report.

3:56:04 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Nkandla report has resulted in Madonsela talking for over 400 pages. She is understandably stumbling over her words and slurring a little bit.

3:48:07 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Read the original Nkandla story here.

3:07:20 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Read Thuli Madonsela’s full Nkandla Report and findings here:

Nkandla Report.

3:01:12 pm - Wed 19 Mar

COPE leader Lekota has a bit of a grin on his face. Can’t see the public protector properly. Swaps seats.

2:53:40 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Okay kids. The tuck shop has been cleared. It is housed in a building with other security measures and formed part of the initial security evaluation reports says Madonsela.

2:47:00 pm - Wed 19 Mar

And in other news, several Zuma supporters on Twitter are expressing their support using the tag: #HandsOffPresidentZuma

2:27:21 pm - Wed 19 Mar

2:26:53 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Thuli pauses for a long time after saying that she is unable to conclude whether the appointment of the architect was a conflict of interest.

2:22:16 pm - Wed 19 Mar

It is unclear why reasons for security were sufficient enough to deviate from the rules of the treasury.

2:21:44 pm - Wed 19 Mar

2:19:27 pm - Wed 19 Mar

The households in question were moved at the cost of R8 million.

“It is common cause that an excess of R250 million has been spent” -Thuli Madonsela.

2:17:30 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela is addressing how the expropriation act was not taken in consideration.

2:16:29 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Some Twitterati starting to worry about the instability in Thuli’s voice. They’re wondering what’s wrong. Pulling at straws for something sensational there guys? Settle. She’s a strong woman, I think she can handle it.

2:15:07 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela says the relocation of neighbouring houses at Nkandla was done at the state’s expense. And this is a problem.

2:15:03 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: Attempts were made to inform the President of portions of payment proved by apportion document, but we don’t know if he received it.

2:10:57 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Did the president know that he had to pay and was he consulted as required by law?
How can everyone know what’s in it, but not know where it is now?

2:09:51 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: The disappearance of the document at a time when all involved were conversant on its contents is a matter of great concern.

2:09:21 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: We got a copy of the apportion document, and some items were ticked as for the owner’s account.

2:08:03 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Seriously, folks …

 

2:04:30 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: The Presidency argued strongly it would be unfair to ask a president to pay for his own security if done as public office bearer.

1:59:25 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Police letter to president is important because testimony says it was never the intention to ask him to pay for security upgrades.

1:56:09 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: There was never an intention to have the owner pay for these installations.

1:52:34 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

1:50:51 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Minister of Police couldn’t explain why Nkandla should be included under the National Key Points Act.

1:47:43 pm - Wed 19 Mar

President Jacob Zuma was briefed on the Nkandla project from time to time – Madonsela

1:46:44 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: There was authority to install upgrades, but security had to be excised within Cabinet standards.

1:46:06 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

1:43:33 pm - Wed 19 Mar

May 2009 security measures were posted at R27-million.

1:40:35 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

1:39:46 pm - Wed 19 Mar

National Key Points Acts was dragged into the Nkandla project, but it wasn’t applied correctly.

1:38:46 pm - Wed 19 Mar

BTW, Zuma must report back to Parliament with his comments on this Nkandla report within 14 days.

1:37:34 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Security measures at private residences would not be automatic.

1:36:54 pm - Wed 19 Mar

How are privileges regulated? Through ministerial handbook. But it does not cover president, deputy and former leaders.

1:35:59 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: Nkandla was declared a national key point on April 8, 2010

1:35:12 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

1:34:49 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

1:33:41 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Good question …

 

1:32:00 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

1:29:09 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

1:26:46 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela experienced lengthy delays in response to Section 79 notices. When asked to extend timelines, her office was threatened with litigation.

1:24:55 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Zuma was given a copy of provisional report and notice, PP received submissions from him and met with his lawyers.

1:24:19 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

1:23:18 pm - Wed 19 Mar

She interviewed former minister of public works, former deputy minister of public works, and officials from public works, police and defence.

1:22:03 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: The investigation included correspondence between PP and presidency. First letter was in Jan 2012.

1:21:11 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Here’s the M&G’s story so far.

Nkandla report: Zuma unduly benefited from upgrades. Read it here.

1:19:45 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

1:18:59 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

1:18:08 pm - Wed 19 Mar

After the sensational headlines, Madonsela now gets into the nitty gritty of her investigation; the laws she was guided by and the conditions of her probe.

1:16:42 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Main legal instrument was Cabinet policy of 2003, national key points act, laws relating to public procurement.

1:16:21 pm - Wed 19 Mar

We looked at compliance, conduct of the president, and others involved in the upgrades.

1:14:39 pm - Wed 19 Mar

The period of the investigation is from May 9 2009 until end January 2014.

1:14:15 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: The state has made a major contribution to the President’s estate at the expense of the taxpayer.

1:13:27 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: Security installations began shortly after he (Zuma) was sworn in as President of SA in 2009.

1:12:33 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Was the expenditure by the state excessive?

1:11:16 pm - Wed 19 Mar

There was a dispute about what the complaint was about.

Accusation 2: The procurement process was improper. 3: Conduct of Zuma may have been unethical

Was there authority for the implementation of security measures, buildings, and was it violated?

1:07:01 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

1:05:36 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Public Works violated Constitution by diverting funds from two other projects, says Madonsela.

1:02:28 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: First allegation was published in 2009, but government only acted two years later.

1:01:39 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

1:00:49 pm - Wed 19 Mar

BTW, Madonsela’s Nkandla report is titled “Secure in Comfort”.

12:58:21 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: I am…unable to find that his (Zuma’s) conduct was in violation of … the executive ethics code.

12:57:01 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: By the time I concluded this investigation R215-million had been spent and about R246-million expected to be spent when concluded.

12:55:55 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: Zuma didn’t mislead Parliament willfully in his knowledge, approval of upgrades.

12:53:20 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: If a government becomes a law breaker it invites contempt for the law.

12:51:43 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: My office has a further responsibility to be accessible to all personas and communities

12:51:06 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: Our job is to strengthen constitutional democracy.

12:48:32 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

12:46:43 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

12:44:52 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela welcomes journalists and other interested parties. Thanks them for attending.

12:41:36 pm - Wed 19 Mar

And … it’s a go. The briefing has begun.

12:39:26 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

12:28:10 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

12:19:15 pm - Wed 19 Mar

If you need to catch up on the Nkandla saga, read the M&G’s special report here.

12:11:11 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

12:09:37 pm - Wed 19 Mar

popcorn

12:07:01 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

12:01:22 pm - Wed 19 Mar

 

12:00:15 pm - Wed 19 Mar

A must read by Haji Mohamed Dawjee: In a fictional land, the ruler of a private residence, Nkandla, is determined to foil the public protector’s plan to bring about an end to the ANC. Read more.

11:58:48 am - Wed 19 Mar

Read: The M&G’s Sarah Evans on why the Nkandla report matters.

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Back from lunch and ready for more design goodness.

Up next, Dean Poole, the co-founder and creative director of Alt Group, a multidisciplinary design studio based in New Zealand.

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Good Morning

It’s day two of the Design Indaba conference. Let’s get this programme started

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Budget speech 2014: Live from Parliament

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Follow our live blog for updates from Parliament during this year’s budget speech.

4:18:49 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Fukusawa believes that design should be intuitive

“Thinking takes time, feeling is in an instant”

2:29:47 pm - Fri 28 Feb

ART: A General Proposition, A Curious Visit, A Free Poster, A rhetorical question, A verbal question,  A Right Left, A postmodern Condition, A Great Mate, A Sure thing, A Fee Entry

9:24:24 am - Thu 27 Feb

Good morning everyone. It’s day two of Design Indaba 2014 conference. Let’s get this programme started.

3:25:07 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan now thanks his leaders for letting him serve in government. He also thanks his colleagues for their hard work and co-operation.

3:23:27 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan addressing the “born frees” now. More than 1 million South Africans turn 20 this year.

3:22:09 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan on service delivery, “We’ve heard your pleas and will improve our delivery mechanisms.”

3:19:41 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Access to basic services has grown rapidly and black participation in the economy has expanded. But this is not enough.

3:18:52 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Since 94 the average income of South Africans has increased by 30 %.

3:16:59 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Government is concerned with the debt of households, and would like to clamp down on lenders and debt collectors.

3:15:15 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Chief Procurement Office to ensure that government gets “value for money”.

3:12:02 pm - Wed 26 Feb

We should all send a message to the property industry in SA, “Why aren’t you honest in the deals you make with government”. There’s a lot of chanting in agreement here.

3:10:30 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Expenditure ceiling commits State to spending limits of R1.03-trillion in 2014/15, R1.11-trillion in 15/16

3:06:33 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Global tax policies are being used to counter harmful tax practices.

3:04:50 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan says the implementation of the carbon tax is postponed by a year to 2016.

3:03:13 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Legislation to allow for tax-exempt savings accounts will proceed this year, to encourage household savings

3:01:15 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Beer up by 9c per 340ml and R4.80 per bottle of whiskey. A lot of murmuring and unhappiness in the house. Gordhan assures everyone that this is in line with inflation.

On the 2nd of April, fuel levy’s increase by 12c/l.

2:59:24 pm - Wed 26 Feb

A lot of applause as Gordhan announces no tax increase.

2:57:47 pm - Wed 26 Feb

“Revenue collected next year will exceed one trillion rand.”

2:56:26 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Now Gordhan moves on to tax policies, “the moment you have been waiting for”, he says.

2:55:41 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan says the first islamic bond will be introduced this year, which is important – “We must invite new types of investors”, he says.

2:49:16 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan says Africa offers interesting opportunities with SA as the second largest investor.

2:48:22 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan says government has been in talks with businesses to figure out to make business easier in SA.

2:46:33 pm - Wed 26 Feb

“We project growth to increase from 2.7 % this year, to 3.5 % in 2016″ – Gordhan.

2:44:38 pm - Wed 26 Feb

SA will have opportunities and risks as well. We earn a lot of money by exporting our commodities. We must ensure that our fiscal and monetary choices keep inflation low.

2:43:28 pm - Wed 26 Feb

‘Terror’ Lekota looks a bit bored. Starts to have a quiet chat across the room.

2:42:18 pm - Wed 26 Feb

The African continent is expected to grow by about 6% per year over the next two years.

2:40:50 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Manufacturing development incentives are allocated R10.3 billion over the next three years, in addition to tax relief.

2:38:53 pm - Wed 26 Feb

2:37:56 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Employment creation is mainly the responsibility of the private sector.

Gordhan often reads suggestions out in parliament which have been made by ordinary citizens.

2:34:17 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Over the next 5 years R105 billion will be rolled out to rural municipalities for electricity, water, etc.

2:31:45 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Social infrastructure will see an increase of 30 billion to 43 billion.

2:30:56 pm - Wed 26 Feb

The 2014 budget again give special priority to education. Infrastructure backlogs are being dealt with.

2:29:26 pm - Wed 26 Feb

And now he’s on to education. R115 billion has been spent on higher education over the past 5yrs,including R18.6 billion on the National Student Financial Aid.

2:28:27 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan asks the house to applaud all the health workers in SA for increasing the mortality rate in SA.

2:26:38 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Foster care grant increase from R800 to R830.

2:25:29 pm - Wed 26 Feb

“Tremendous work was done in the last 5 years by this administration – which can be proved with numbers.” Gordhan is adamant here, very convincing.

2:24:08 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan on to employment now. He says we need to work together to create better opportunities for employment. There are strategies in place for youth employment. Says the new tax incentive program has 56, 000 beneficiaries.

2:21:05 pm - Wed 26 Feb

A renewed focus on accountability and quality in education as well as phasing-in of National Health Insurance will be focussed on.

2:18:41 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Expenditure has been reprioritised and the deficit will steadily decline.

2:17:07 pm - Wed 26 Feb

To make more rapid progress in creating jobs we have to grow our economy by 5% or more per year.

2:15:57 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan explains that the next government will offer details on the plans to deliver on the NDP.

2:13:49 pm - Wed 26 Feb

“We have saved this country from the worst impact of the global recession” – Gordhan.

2:13:12 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan now addressing the way SA dealt with the global economic crises, says we recorded positive growth since 2010.

2:09:23 pm - Wed 26 Feb

We have now turned the budget around where we’re not just spending on consumption but also capital investments explains Gordhan.

2:07:46 pm - Wed 26 Feb

The global economic outlook remains unsteady. Gordahn says South Africa expects a growth of 2.2% this year.

2:05:18 pm - Wed 26 Feb

The South African economy stabilised after the 2008 recession.

This budget will set out resource plans for implementation of the NDP.

2:03:12 pm - Wed 26 Feb

The budget speech has started. Minister Pravin Gordhan opens by explaining that even though a lot has been achieved in the past 5 years, there is a lot to be done.

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Design Indaba 2014

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Follow our live blog for the latest updates from selected sessions of this year’s Design Indaba.

6:26:54 pm - Sun 2 Mar

Mathapelo Ngako-Mtati is community director of Monkeybiz bead project. All the profits from the sale of their artworks are reinvested back into community services including soup kitchens, food parcels and a burial fund for beaders and their families.

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6:23:40 pm - Sun 2 Mar

This is Mikhail. Together with two other students at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and two lecturers, he’s created this prototype electric scooter. It’s rechargeable (obviously), will carry you for 20km, and has enough oomph in its motor to take you up Kloof Nek.

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6:18:19 pm - Sun 2 Mar

This is the notewall at the Cape Craft and Design Institute stand at the Design Indaba. They asked: how can we help you? What support do you need to improve your creative business?

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6:04:08 pm - Sun 2 Mar

Street Sleeper bags are made from upcycled PVC advertising boards. The bags provide protection against the elements at night, and double up as backpacks during the day. Designer Oliver Brain’s ultimate goal is to raise awareness around homelessness and the economic disenfranchisement that goes with it. The production process of these bags provides employment for homeless people and local businesses, and the Haven Night Shelter in Woodstock, Cape Town, is currently the main distributor of Street Sleeper bags.

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5:31:19 pm - Sun 2 Mar

Design Indaba 2014 Expo: Simone Biggs created the Edu Chair, a product which combines a chair design with educational elements, numbers, letters and games. She came up with the idea while volunteering at a container library project in Grabouw.

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5:27:16 pm - Sun 2 Mar

John Newdigate is a ceramicist based in Swellendam. He grew up in Cape Town, next to the sea, and worked on fishing boats before he took up ceramics some 25 years ago. Many of his designs reflect his roots, with fish, birds and even plankton featuring on his ceramic bowls. This is his first year as a solo exhibitor at the Design Indaba.

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5:07:46 pm - Sun 2 Mar

Design Indaba 2014 Expo: And the winner is … Steam 1886! This short film, directed by Adrian Lazarus and Nicky Felbert, has just been voted the Most Beautiful Object In South Africa. It’s a short fantasy fashion film showcasing the fashion, hats, gadgets and lifestyle of a possible 19th century steam culture. The film was shot inside one of Cape Town’s creative hotspots, Truth Coffee. The film won an award for ‘Best Art Direction’ at the International Fashion Film awards in LA last year.

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4:56:23 pm - Sun 2 Mar

Design Indaba 2014 Expo: Makoko is an aquatic community of 100,000 people in Lagos, Nigeria. To address tidal changes and varying water levels, NLÉ designed a safe, floating structure that also uses renewable energy, recycles organic waste and harvests rainwater. Habitation for a changing world.image

5:46:29 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Audience Sings. Finally he asks, “What worked today” before you go to bed, think of three things that worked today. Video, ‘laughing yoga for success’. Thank you Design Indaba! We are happier!

5:42:54 pm - Fri 28 Feb

What makes us happy: Many friends, good friends, sense of accomplishment, non-repetitive activities, religion, singing in groups >>>> MAKES THE AUDIENCE STAND UP>>>> THEY ALL START SINGING TOGETHER, KARAOKE STYLE, ALL THE WORDS THAT COME UP ON THE SCREEN. “I WANT YOU TO BELT IT!” HE SHOUTS.

5:40:15 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Now is better (video)

5:37:35 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Steven Pinker, Remarkable decline in violence of the last 2000 years.

5:36:29 pm - Fri 28 Feb

His foolproof guide to happiness. Get into a car/ bike/ bicycle, plug into your music (10 tracks that don’t remind you of anything) and go, without destination. The beauty of uselessness.

5:34:41 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Was there something during Indaba? Make a deadline and stick to it, right now.

5:33:24 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Passionate love is much stronger than compassionate love- for six months. But for longer than that it becomes impossible to uphold. The couples that he interviewed that had been together for fourty years said that they were in compassionate love, with a bit of passion thrown in.

5:31:10 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Humility. “I don’t give a shit about it.” References his banana wall, a two metre wall of banana’s that sits in the gallery, starting fresh & slowly rotting.

5:29:34 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Empathy. Feel every feel.

5:28:51 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Thankfulness. “I’m just not a very thankful person” Often forgets to thank the organizers who invite him to talk at these conferences. Invites Ravi Naidoo up to stage and hugs him. Audience cheers.

5:27:26 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Smile detection software. Sculpture lights up when you activate it with your smile.

5:26:10 pm - Fri 28 Feb

I told my dad he should embrace his failures. He cried, and then he hugged me.

5:25:14 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Emotions: Sadness, Joy, Disgust, Surprise, Fear = only one ‘happy’ explains our Negativity Bias. If I am in danger, my body can sense it long before my eyes can send it back. Developed from our ancestors. “I would have a much fuller life if i overcame my fear more often”

5:22:32 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Even though we think we make these decisions ourselves, there are {statistically} more Dennis’ who become dentists and more Paula’s who marry Paul

5:20:57 pm - Fri 28 Feb

The rider & the elephant: the rider thinks it can tell the elephant what to do and where to go.

5:20:11 pm - Fri 28 Feb

The Happiness Hypothesis. Author is a scientist, so back up the theory with proof. “It’s about the big level of Happiness” His three most efficient strategies. Meditation. Cognitive Therapy. Drugs.

5:18:18 pm - Fri 28 Feb

The Happy Show is now in its fifth running. Now open at MOCA, L.A

5:16:09 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Men are as happy as women. Regardless of climate, income, white people are as happy as black people, older people are as happy as young people, religious people are happier than non-religious people, married people are happier than single people.

5:13:02 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Shows some of his happiness research, apparently South Africa is supposed to be ‘profoundly unhappy’. It is helpful to talk about happiness in terms of length. Factors affecting happiness: 1 Activities: non-repetitive behaviour. 2. Life Conditions. £. Genetics.

5:10:00 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“The Happy Show” Beginning his transition from the page, to the screen, preparing for his first film. Shows some of the moments from this infamous work, proclaiming proudly, “if you don’t ask, you won’t get”

5:06:16 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Wants to talk to us today about the possibility of talking about happiness in a certain way. White screen. Talks about the heat on the edges of the screen, like Table mountain. “All we could hope for from life is the transformation of misery into utter happiness.” Freud, his fellow austrian.

5:03:59 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Let the keynote begin! Sagmeister says “HELLO! My name is Stefan Sagmeister and I just had a fantastic pee.”

5:02:55 pm - Fri 28 Feb

He posts a quote: “A good designer is capable of objective sketching” and says ”We have to step back to step back and harmonised with our environment”

What an absolutely selfless designer. Always putting the needs of other before his own in designing FOR people and not FOR himself.

5:01:04 pm - Fri 28 Feb

He showcases a number of his designs for a company called Moji. One of which is a one slice toaster. A ONE SLICE TOASTER. The most intuitive thing if ever there was one.

4:59:52 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Chuckles about his running over time, skipping through a huge number of his designs. The extent of this man’s work is mindblowing. Lighting, furniture, phones, product packaging, lamps, the cd player to be mounted on the wall. And all of them, wonderfully, intuitively designed.

4:57:59 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Jokes about the name of his marble tables. When he made smaller ones he called them “Poodle” and a friend asked what will you call the bigger ones when you make them. They ended up being called “King Poodles”.

4:56:19 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Fukusawa talks about his inspiration for his designs and how people say that they have seen it somewhere before, but not:
“I always focus on your mind, not just the things I want to make. I find it more interesting to read your mind and your body and then make outlines to make something to fit in the environment. My product’s already in your mind you just haven’t seen it”

4:52:36 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“In order to make an outline in the air, we have to think about the life we already share. Shape does not have to be complex. It should be simple. You can understand the quality of simplicity. Objects should not be out standing. That’s why I keep designs simple”

4:50:58 pm - Fri 28 Feb

He designed a bookshelf with triangular shapes in the shelves to keep books from sliding off, as they do on standard bookshelves.

4:49:58 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Fukusawa’s chairs are shaped to mould to the human body — again the more intuitive way of designing — with a zipper at the back so the covers can be easily removed and changed.

4:46:26 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“When you understand how people do things you can predict the future. All human bodies behave in the same way if the environment is the same”

4:45:35 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Shows the picture of banana flavoured milk boxes that he designed, with the bright yellow and slight green colouring and stem of the banana, for a more intuitive design. Not all the fruit flavours he tried after that were as successful; the kiwi box looked brown and hairy and the banana one looked the best and most like the natural fruit.

4:42:14 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“You have to observe how people use things naturally, intuitively, around them”

4:41:28 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“Active memory is the memory is the memory you normally use to memorise without thinking”

Shows a picture of a milk carton balanced on a fence where the carton rests exactly on the square of the beam of a fence. You don’t think consciously, but the fitting of the carton is intuitive using active memory.

A man uses the doors of a train as a mirror because of its reflective surface as a mirror. It’s not a mirror but it’s the an intuitive use of an object for an alternative use.

4:37:27 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“Your body is more honest than your mind”

He uses examples of people using a bottle cap as an ashtray or a fence to hang coats or a piece of paper to jam an alarm bell to keep it from ringing, a door held open by a stool to keep the door of a bar open but not to let customers in yet.

These are examples of people using ideas for immediate solutions to problems without thinking too much about it. This relates back to Fukusawas “Without Thought” concept.

4:34:13 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“Affordance is equal to interaction”

“Affordance is the random values each environments and situations presents to us” — James J Gibson

He explains by using the example of an umbrella stand. “We don’t need an umbrella stand if we have a groove in the floor (into which the umbrella can stand upside down without the assistance of a stand)”

4:31:40 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Designers need to understand what the need is and create for that need in the right way otherwise their “puzzle piece” will not fit in the “hole in the puzzle”, and not harmonise with the environment.

4:30:03 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Fukusawa talks about the unseen outline of things, how humans relate to the product and the product to the environment. Products aren’t just seen as elements by themselves, but we must look at how they interact with their environment. He uses a single puzzle piece as an example of looking at a single element, but a completed puzzle as the environment around that element. Knowing what to design is finding holes in the entire puzzle. If a design is created without looking at the environment, it could end up ill-fitting to the spaces we need them to fit in.

4:26:16 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Our world is made of mediums and matters (in the scientific sense).

The progression of design moves in the way it disappears into different spaces. The television for example has gone from a big box on a table to a television up against the wall. The same with telephones and kitchen products. Other products such as chairs tables and umbrellas still exist in their traditional form.

4:21:44 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“A word ‘world’ could represent a place where we belong rather than an aggregation of different nations”

4:17:29 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“So much has changed since when I spoke 11 years ago, but I’m still an industrial designer, but the design world has merged together to be integrated”

4:16:04 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Naoto Fukusawa last spoke at Design Indaba eleven years ago and has been asked to return ever since. He’s finally back!

4:11:41 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Tea break over and it’s the last stretch of Design Indaba Conference.

Next on the program is Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukusawa, one of the world’s most influential designers, well known for his “Without Thought” concept, where design thinking is closely linked to and informed by the subconscious.

3:41:58 pm - Fri 28 Feb

University of Free state uses art to expand peoples idea’s. Willem Boshoffs ‘thinking stone’ “It is to me, almost, an ultimate portrait”

3:40:06 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Bridget and Numsa. They go one day to visit Bridgets sister. Sister asks bridget why she didn’t have sex with men. She duly explained. Goes to bed that night and feels her panties being pulled down. Felt one of the men who was asking her about her sexuality about to rape her, ‘correctively’. She subsequently beats him with a metal rod. Numsa gets stabbed in fight. Later on they go to a party in PTA. Get called to police station. Find that Bridget’s sister had reported her to the police. Bridget was sent to jail for ten years. Learnt law in jail. Learnt that she could appeal her sentence. Submitted it to the supreme court. Judges free her. She spent three years in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. “There is a tremendous amount of homophobia in the legal system, particularly in the townships. It is something we need to address in this country. “

3:33:56 pm - Fri 28 Feb

First portrait of the series is of a gun-maker. The sitter decides one day to use one of his own guns, having never fired one before. He hid in a plantation and waited for farmers to hit a bump in the road, hold them up when they needed his help. He was caught.

3:31:19 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“I wanted to meet people who had been in trouble with the law.” Made contact with a few, through organizations who assisted those previously incarcerated. Goes back to the scene of the crime with them. Recognizing the hurt it would pose his sitters, he offered to pay them for his curiosity.

3:28:26 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Zanele Muholi’s portrait on a bed with her partner. Outrageously beautiful.

3:27:20 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Antjie Krog requests a cover photo for her book of poetry. Shoots an old woman in the nude. Tension between the old woman, and her young breasts. Interestingly, the english version of the book sold more than the Afrikaans version.

3:25:14 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Looking for ‘experienced bodies’ to shoot nude. First sitter wasn’t working, she suggested a hat. Walks behind her, naked, to go upstairs and find a hat. “A photographers life is really a very interesting one.”

3:22:59 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Photo of Madiba. Taken not long before he became president. Went to his home at 5 in the morning whilst he was doing his morning exercises. Shoots him on a straight back kitchen chair. After Madiba’s press secretary refused, enraged at the thought of him in so simple a chair, Goldblatt retorts, “I want to shoot the president, not the furniture.”

3:18:52 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Albie Sachs: He was severely injured by a letter bomb sent by the security police. Shows next photo of Craig Williamson, the mad who bombed him, holding a cat on his lap. Secret Security spy. Looks a lot like Austin Powers’ ‘Doctor Evil’.

3:16:19 pm - Fri 28 Feb

- Detainees Parents Support Community: Parents weren’t allowed to share details of their childrens abuse. Became very active thorn in the side of the government. There were very few who were prepared to sit for a photo. One sitter did though. He had been in an incident of stone throwing. Police hauled him out of bed, in the middle of the night. Explains the brutal abuse of this boy for six days in detention. Met him in Kotze house. “I felt in him a kind of compassion, there was no hate.”

3:15:31 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Many people were being tortured by the security police. A lot of photographers would spend their time taking ‘evidence’. Became useful to lawyers, defending the victims.

3:10:45 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Boksburg. Ballet dancer on the stoep. Apothiosis of a young white woman trapped in middle class south africa.

3:09:31 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Hillbrow series. 1975. Obsession with peoples bodies that developed from taking peoples pictures. “You have beautiful hands, may i photograph them? I didn’t disclose which other parts I wanted to photograph.” She wanted to charge him 20c (a sex worker) he refused, eventually she gave in. Next up: ‘Freestate Balls!’

3:06:34 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Soccer Cup final, Soweto: Pivots around the mass of testosterone, photo comes to symbolise the palpable violence in Soweto at the time.

3:04:50 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Essay on Soweto for Optima Mag, at a time when it was unknown both locally and abroad. Suggested Peter Magubane, who was in solitary confinement, so he did it. “Soweto was not a slum, it was a vast series of government houses. Specifically designed to avoid them setting down roots.”

3:02:17 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Western Deep Levels, arrived and found that the compound manager had instructed every tribal group to present themselves to him in tribal attire. He didn’t want to make ethnographic portraits, but did it for them. The sitters.

2:59:41 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“Ingewikkelde” meaning in photograph

2:58:29 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“I’m a prodder, i’m not really very creative.”

2:57:26 pm - Fri 28 Feb

A man who needs no introduction! David Goldblatt. A legend comes to talk with us.

2:54:17 pm - Fri 28 Feb

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2:46:51 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“I’m a boy, i’m a broom, i’m a man”

2:46:07 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“I really love brooms, could’ve talked an hour about brooms. But i wont.”

2:43:13 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“Keynote quit unexpectedly, Jesus!” :-0

2:42:28 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Marcel duchamp noticed when looking at a comb that its the gaps that do all the work. He subsequently shows his fascination with holes in his own sculptures. Enormous spades.

2:40:18 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Expressing NZ culture, jokes about sheep helping through those difficult teenage years.

2:39:13 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Rebranding the NZ Opera, Using the O, using the japanese flag, verdi, comedy and tragedy masks

2:33:24 pm - Fri 28 Feb

ist list: rules for creativity to work within. Lists of ‘-ists’

2:30:51 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Uses ART mnemonic to explain Duchamp. “Only difference between art and architecture is the plumbing”

2:27:54 pm - Fri 28 Feb

ART: A RULE SYSTEM

2:26:59 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Creating structures and systems for creativity to work within. SATOR/ Rotor square, Diastics, Masostics,

2:23:47 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Speaks about his interest generating from an interest in fine art, most prominently sculpture.

1:42:56 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Back from lunch and ready for more design goodness.

Up next, Dean Poole, the co-founder and creative director of Alt Group, a multidisciplinary design studio based in New Zealand.

11:48:16 am - Fri 28 Feb

Their multidisciplinary approach using a range of platforms and materials makes it difficult, Roberto says, “To explain what we do”

11:45:23 am - Fri 28 Feb

A publication that consists entirely of quotes in a effort to manipulate structures in an abstract way. They put together quotes that provide commentary on each other, one of which is “Capitalism is boring” contrasted with McDonald’s “I’m loving it”.

11:42:44 am - Fri 28 Feb

Roberto introduces his and Rosario’s project Found Objects: Dialogue

11:40:22 am - Fri 28 Feb

Roberto on public installations and how people engage with them: “They go beyond their form and become something political”

11:36:41 am - Fri 28 Feb

Rosario and Roberto created an installation in Mexico last September. For the first time it was a fully public installation of a whimsical “bench” made of cardboard, packing tape and bubble wrap, covered in orange stickers

11:33:24 am - Fri 28 Feb

Roberto created long tables using cardboard tables that were still structurally sound. They later added fiberglass as the table top with the leg structure still cardboard.

11:31:37 am - Fri 28 Feb

Rosario and Roberto on their installations “How can you take it to a more primitive level, where tools don’t dictate what you design?”

11:21:24 am - Fri 28 Feb

And we’re back from the break. The next speakers El Ultimo Grito ask if design should be left to designers

10:49:26 am - Fri 28 Feb

Wrapping up for a 15-minute tea break: the perception of Africa is quite twisted. Design Indaba is an amazing platform that showcases the wonderful work happening here. 89Plus thanks #DesignIndaba2014 for the opportunity and for having provided the platform for the past 20 years.

10:42:41 am - Fri 28 Feb

Brand, who currently works for Athi Patha-Ruga, studied history at UCT

“Whose perspective is history told from?”

 

10:40:26 am - Fri 28 Feb

Jody Brand calls herself a visual artist rather than a photographer. She views her blog as her gallery space “I’m not a party photographer and I’m not a blogger.” All her subjects featured in her blog are active participants and can choose how they want to be represented. Her blog Chomma

 

 

10:35:01 am - Fri 28 Feb

Fine artist Haroon Gunn-Salie taking us through a project he undertook in an attempt to engage with social injustice issues, specifically related to forced removals during apartheid. He and a team went around Cape Town systematically covering up ‘Zonnebloem” signs and replacing them with “District Six”.

He thought he may be arrested. He has not yet had an official response from the City of Cape Town.

Watch the video here

10:11:10 am - Fri 28 Feb

Sekhukhuni grapples and engages with Post Apartheid urban experiences, the Internet, the idea of national consciousness, cultural expressions of community and more in his art. But essentially, he says his work, expands on his idea of what it means to be human; the concept of life; and perhaps try to re-imagine it beyond some of the wishy-washy social conscripts.

Follow Bogosi Sekhukhuni on Twitter @outgettingribs

10:01:39 am - Fri 28 Feb

Bogosi Sekhukhuni tells us: class differences were evident in Kensington, a middle-class neighbourhood where he grew up – wedged between areas known for drug dealers, prostitutes and gangsters. He’s explaining his frame of reference as a performance artist.

 

9:57:17 am - Fri 28 Feb

Simon Castets is the director and curator of the Swiss Institut, NY and co-founder of 89Plus. He’s introducing next speaker Bogosi Sekhukhuni, a Johannesburg-based writer and performance artist.

9:52:50 am - Fri 28 Feb

Check out 89plus.com for more info on the project. Watch this interview with curator Obrist

 

9:49:03 am - Fri 28 Feb

89Plus was created by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets – a project to digitally map a new generation of a group of artists.

The panel has just joined us on stage.

9:44:31 am - Fri 28 Feb

Diabaté announces their firm is creating Abidjan’s first school of architecture.

“Let us design the future of urban Africa”

Audience applause

9:41:20 am - Fri 28 Feb

Issa Diabaté’s firm is tackling issues of urban planning by experimenting with design; taking into consideration the climate by using transparency and openness – in essence trangressing classical notions of internal space by making terraces and gardens the main living space.

 

9:30:28 am - Fri 28 Feb

Issa Diabaté talking about architecture in West Africa.

Abidjan’s population has grown from 1.2m to 6.5m from 1979 to 2014 but “we are still living in 1970s urban planning”.

9:25:30 am - Fri 28 Feb

Chaka Chaka says, she has dedicated her life to fight malaria in Africa – she’s part of an initiative, Goodbye Malaria enabling Africans to raise funds and advocate against malaria, while creating employment across the continent through the manufacture of fabulous Shweshwe pyjamas.

9:18:27 am - Fri 28 Feb

Yvonne Chaka Chaka telling the audience that when her friend, Phumzile died a few years ago, she didn’t know you could die from malaria. “And I’m married to a doctor.”

9:15:54 am - Fri 28 Feb

First speaker is Ivory Coast-based architect Issa Diabaté, managing director of Koffi & Diabaté Architects and co-founder of the Koffi & Diabaté Group. But first … Yvonne Chaka Chaka is in the house.

Audience cheers, pleased to see her.

9:04:53 am - Fri 28 Feb

Morning everyone. Welcome to Day 3 of Design Indaba 2014.

6:31:22 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Signing out for today. Incredible speakers

Come back tomorrow for more

4:36:43 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Varied range of artists. Athi is street taught, Zanele went to Market Photo and Nandipha graduated from Michaelis. Common theme of race, identity, sexuality, gender and of course, art.

3:57:01 pm - Thu 27 Feb

A list of awards to introduce Zanele Muholi. Her mentor who speaks tomorrow is David Goldblatt. A photographer, she is a visual activist and particularly relevant considering all the laws being passed against homosexual

3:53:28 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Her bullfighting series is incredible

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3:39:04 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Nandipha Mntambo uses cowhide instead of traditional sculptural materials like wood and steel.

3:35:26 pm - Thu 27 Feb

‘I had to purge,’ says Athi

3:31:09 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Athi blames himself, blames men for the catatonic state Africa is in. Men had to go, in order to create a utopia for Azania.

3:28:53 pm - Thu 27 Feb

My choreography is my costume,says Athi. It influences how we move, sit and engage

3:23:18 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Athi up first. His latest project FWWOA

3:21:18 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Athi Patra-Ruga, Zanele Muholi and Nandipha Mntambo chat to Serpentine gallery’s Hans Ulrich Obrist

3:18:53 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Scholten says, ‘as designers, we need to pay attention to consumer choices’

3:00:09 pm - Thu 27 Feb

another view of the mini

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2:56:40 pm - Thu 27 Feb

The designers Scholten and Baijimgs who conceptualised the colour for one mini project downstairs at the CTICC share their design process. Here is the a look at the finished product. Stripped down to its bare design, they have taken apart the car so that its fans will be able to customise it, right down to a nomadic bag which you can magnetically attach to the car when you’re travelling and then take it with you when you need it.

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2:49:31 pm - Thu 27 Feb

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2:39:32 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Lunch break over – delegates and speakers need to refuel and visit the expo, obviously. Here are some pics from walking around for 10 minutes. So much to return for and to take a proper look at. Photos to follow

12:36:08 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Great payoff line for car Space Fox, applicable to life and design possibilities and dream: ‘Whatever you imagine, fits’

12:31:06 pm - Thu 27 Feb

‘Never work under someone who is not better than you,’ advises Serpa

12:23:49 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Dave Trott as quoted by Serpa: ‘Complicated seems clever to stupid people’.

12:22:16 pm - Thu 27 Feb

‘Be unpredictable,’ says Marcello Serpa

12:13:33 pm - Thu 27 Feb

One of the most celebrated creatives in the world who is responsible for Havaianas is here – Marcello Serpa.

12:12:14 pm - Thu 27 Feb

After the financial crisis, they weren’t finding work so they started a company called Agent focusing on product design. They didn’t have any clients so they had a lot of freedom and created the first airless soccer ball with a radio-frequency chip so that referees wouldn’t have to run around after it trying to determine fouls. And you could watch live footage from images taken from within. It was never produced but won a lot of awards. There is also an incredible design for luggage with a pull-out section to transport kids around in, or that you could hop on so the suitcase becomes a sort of scooter. Or with an ergonomic design so you can sit and wait on it. The possibilities are endless. Rijkind implores us to ‘have an opinion, explore, there is no pattern’. This is a man who was in a successful band and opened his talk here at Design Indaba by playing drums. Incredible ideas

11:56:11 am - Thu 27 Feb

Rojkind asks ‘What is more stimulating – Times Square in New York or a park?’ He is working on a public cinema – Cineteca Nacional – with live concert spaces, parks within the building, an outdoor cinema. Instead of entering through a lobby, you would walk in through a park. The experience of being outside while we’re you walk inside. On the project, they have collaborated with different field experts, not because they don’t know what they’re doing but because, ‘We enjoy being “contaminated” with other people’s ideas’.

11:48:53 am - Thu 27 Feb

‘The way I hire people is not by portfolio but because they are thinkers,’ says Michel Rojkind

11:33:22 am - Thu 27 Feb

Next up, architect Michel Rojkind,based in Mexico City. While everyone streams in after a tea break, some in-house entertainment from Moonchild.

10:49:16 am - Thu 27 Feb

Margot asks David how the design of Five Hundred restaurant influenced the food. There’s a certified organic garden at the Saxon Hotel, where the chefs spend the morning talking food. They’ll spot a purple cauliflower, inspired to make something special with it. Even the energy of Joburg which David finds intoxicating moves him to create in different ways. He sees it as the next New York, pleads with everyone to visit downtown Jozi to look at the incredible buildings just waiting for something extraordinary to happen.

10:38:03 am - Thu 27 Feb

‘The chef’s role has become so much greater than what lands on the plate’ David Higgs

10:33:37 am - Thu 27 Feb

If you’re wondering whether you’ve ever sampled these extraordinary chef’s wonders, Margo Janse is exec chef at Le Quartier Francais Hotel in Franschhoek. She’s been there for 18 years. David Higgs is the exec chef at Five Hundred restaurant at the Saxon Hotel

10:27:27 am - Thu 27 Feb

‘My head chef was smoking pot under the extractor fan,’ says David Higgs. That’s what he loved about being a chef in the early days, the chaos called cowboy cuisine, deep frying whole chicken when it was unusually busy because of unexpected customers and they demanded food

10:23:34 am - Thu 27 Feb

‘That’s what I wanted, that magic in the kitchen,’ says Margot Hanse after working as a photographer but spending more time cooking.

10:19:04 am - Thu 27 Feb

The two chefs share their first experiences with food. Margot Janse: ‘I’m Dutch by birth, South African by choice’ talks about her mom pouring a plate of creamed spinach on her head when she refused to eat it and her father giving her beer at one-years old. David Higgs chats about sheep’s head, overcooked green beans and fishing days in Namibia. His career saw him start as a breakfast chef at the New Tulbagh Hotel in 1990

10:06:35 am - Thu 27 Feb

Next, Michelle Constant introduces two culinary rockstars, Margot Janse and David Higgs

10:05:36 am - Thu 27 Feb

DJ Stout is asked if there are any similarities between Texas and Cape Town/South Africa… ‘Everyone I’ve met from South Africa, loves to brag about it.’

10:02:24 am - Thu 27 Feb

The gentleman playing piano is Graham Reynolds from Austin, Texas, who did the score for movie Before Midnight. He’s certainly added a lot of drama to the talk. Powerful stuff happens when design meets music

9:52:08 am - Thu 27 Feb

We’re talking cowboy poetry. Who knew?

9:46:12 am - Thu 27 Feb

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9:32:56 am - Thu 27 Feb

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Screens are lit up everywhere, waiting to share. First up today is DJ Stout, a fifth-generation Texan. A pianist at a white grand piano adds drama to a video played on screen that scans across landscapes of fire damage and images of wild horses and cowboys

9:28:19 am - Thu 27 Feb

Good morning. It’s day two of Design Indaba 2014. Let’s get this programme started.

DESIGN INDABA 2014
Wed 26 Feb

“Every child is an artist. The challenge is to remain one,” Chris Gotz, Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town as Design Indaba gets underway at the Cape Town International Convention Centre

10:09 am- Wed 26 Feb
Chris Gotz talks about Ogilvy’s campaign to say “Goodbye” to the Citi Golf, which was then South Africa’s most loved vehicle. It was one of the most successful campaigns generating millions of rands’ worth of free publicity.

10:15 am- Wed 26 Feb
“Our ability to pay attention to the world is shrinking. Our heads are in our phones.” – Chris Gotz

10:26 am- Wed 26 Feb
Juliana Rotich, a computer scientist from Kenya, takes to the podium.

10:28 am- Wed 26 Feb
Juliana Rotich displays slide showing a map of fibre optic cables under the sea around the African continent. This reflects “how ships used to move around Africa”. Rotich says there remains a lot of opportunity to link Africans to other Africans.

10:34 am- Wed 26 Feb
Ushahidi.com is a non-profit open source software company for information collection started in kenya after the disputed 2007 Kenyan election to give ordinary citizens a voice. “We just wanted to do something,” says Juliana Rotich

10:37 am- Wed 26 Feb
“As designers we are here to keep a keen eye on what is happening because it pushes the boundaries of what is possible,” – Juliana Rotich

10:42 am- Wed 26 Feb
iHub, a collaborative workspace in Nairobi, has incubated thousands of upstarts, says Rotich. “We’ve got to create spaces where people are collaborating and doing things together.”

10:46 am- Wed 26 Feb
“Why do we use technology designed for London to Los Angeles when we live in Nairobi? Why don’t we design technology that is responsive to the African context?”

10:49 am- Wed 26 Feb
Rotich introduces the BRCK, a self-powered internet connection device. Follow the BRCK on @brcknet

10:55 am- Wed 26 Feb
Africa only has 15.6% internet penetration.
“There’s a link between increasing connectivity and increasing Gross Domestic Product,” Juliana Rotich says in closing.

11:35 am- Wed 26 Feb

Singer Nonku Phiri performs ahead of the next talk

Singer Nonku Phiri performs ahead of the next talk

11:39 am- Wed 26 Feb
Experimental Jetset is an Amsterdam based graphic design studio. Founders Marieke Stolk, Erwin Brinkers and Danny van den Dungen are now speaking.

11:51 am- Wed 26 Feb
“We actually hate helvetica,” says Danny van den Dungen. Yet they use it a lot in their design. Much laughter from the audience.

11:52 am- Wed 26 Feb
The panel, Experimental Jetset on stage.
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11:54 am- Wed 26 Feb
“With (Stanley) Kubrick we find there’s always a stylised existential terror.”
Marieke Stolk on one of their influences. Stanley Kubrick is probably most commonly known for the classic film ‘Clockwork Orange’

12:02 pm- Wed 26 Feb
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12:04 pm- Wed 26 Feb
“Language is, before anything else, material. It can be shaped in any way you like,” says Marieke Stolk

12:12 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Experimental Jetset say the structure of the Os Mutantes song “Bat Macumba” is an influence on their design style.

12:17 pm- Wed 26 Feb
“We realise we are basically scavenging the wounds of modernism…”
- Marieke Stolk

12:20 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Jake Barton is the next speaker. He is the founder of Local Projects, a New York-based design firm

12:24 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Improvisation
“Start with Yes,” says Jake Barton

12:35 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Jake Barton demonstrates how they have taken new technologies and translated them for a museum, for instance, not to change but to amplify the experience of being in a museum. Video shows people in art museums using various devices to engage with the artworks.

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12:40 pm- Wed 26 Feb
If you spend too much time refining things it leads to producing “terrible work”, according to Jake Barton. “Until you see something working, you don’t get that moment where you are like ‘whoa, this is amazing’.”

12:52 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Jake Barton and his firm were commissioned to work on the 9/11 Memorial Museum project. Global call was made for people to share online their experience of that day in 2001. “When you go into the museum itself the first voice you hear won’t be a curator but other visitors telling you what their experience of 9/11 is.”

1:06 pm- Wed 26 Feb
“Improvisation and Love” is how Jake Barton ends his talk, shows video of people engaging with the Valentine’s Heart sculpture on Times Square, New York.

2:00 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Lunchtime is up! Next talk begins now in a packed auditorium.
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2:11 pm- Wed 26 Feb
“On a daily basis we are making a mess,” says Ije Nwokorie as he opens his talk at Design Indaba. “If you think about the processes that matter to people- democracy, for instance, they are really messy things.”

2:13 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Nwokorie: “People’s desks have to be messy, a manifestation of themselves”

2:15 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Nwokorie is the Managing Director of Wolff Olins, a London-based brand consultancy
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2:28 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Nwokorie and his firm sent a small orange box with a switch around the world asking people what it made them think of in a campaign for telecommunications company Orange. One of the answers from a Senegalese lady is that if she could switch that light on she wishes her country would instantly become part of the developed world.

2:33 pm- Wed 26 Feb
With the Virgin Media logo, Nwokorie’s firm made people engage with the brand by asking them to draw the ribbon logo in the air. “People need to be really free about how they use a brand. get more and more people to get involved in a brand.

2:36 pm- Wed 26 Feb
In Africa creativity is not an option. We kind of have to be creative in order to survive, have the ability to think through things, to understand that systems don’t always work. So, you have a natural inclination to think about a way around things.

2:41 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Nwokorie ends his talk by playing a video about a brand they worked on called “Little Sun”. Read more about the brand here.

2:45 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Audience getting a dose of inspiration from young design graduates from across the world, speaking about some of their designs.

2:54 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Ian Murchison, now on stage, worked at Blackberry as an accessories designer and when he felt he had “peaked” at Blackberry he went on to create his own design firm. “What I knew I wanted to do was to get away from electronics and start exploring different things using different materials. What we noticed, coming from corporates with huge resources, is that creating co-working spaces is really vital.”

3:05 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Dave Hakkens, currently speaking, designed Phonebloks. The Vision, as spelled out on his website, was to create a phone “worth keeping”. The designer turned down a job at Google and is still pursuing the dream of creating a phone worth keeping. Visit his website by clicking here

3:12 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Agatha Haines, a graduate of the Royal College of the Arts, is now on stage. She, in her own words, designed a “series of aerodynamic babies”. Audience seems quite entertained.She calls herself a “little Frankenstein” and designed entirely new internal organs, too. These organs can help prevent strokes and heart attacks. Quite interesting (and she’s funny)!
Visit her website agihaines.com

3:28 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Stefan van Biljon is from Cape Town. His thesis as an undergraduate at the University of Cape town in 2010 about spatial manipulation shows how the Cape Town landscape allows it to be a fortified city that was ideal for apartheid segregation.

4:15 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Tom Hulme is up next. He is design director at IDEO in London, an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centred, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow.

4:16 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Singer Bongeziwe Mabandla performs ahead of Tom Hulme’s talk
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4:20 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Tom Hulme speaking about technology.
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4:32 pm- Wed 26 Feb
We’re all designers
We achieve more through collaboration
Tech is just a design tool
“Let’s stop structuring businesses with a digital team.”
- Tom Hulme

4:33 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Tom Hulme: “People say technology makes us anti-social. I guarantee that for the last 5 hundred years people were saying the same thing.”

4:35 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Tom Hulme: “Design has to address a real human need in a low friction way.”

4:41 pm- Wed 26 Feb
A few points as Tom Hulme speaks:
Technology changes rapidly but Maslow’s hierarchy of needs remains the same.

Great designers meet real human needs with lower friction and they make design delightful.

If you can’t start a project by first identifying a human need that it will address, don’t start it.

5:04 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Final speaker for the day Thomas Heatherwick, UK-based designer, is now on stage.

5:08 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Heatherwick designed the Olympic cauldron for the London Olympic games. Watch the video of it being lit to appreciate the gorgeous design…

5:18 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Heatherwick’s company was commissioned to design the building of a University in Singapore. The brief was that the lecture halls are to have no corners. This is what they came up with…
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5:35 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Heatherwick: “Somebody once said to me the sign of a rich city is that rich people there use public transport.”

5:38 pm- Wed 26 Feb
“When something is what people expect, their perception cone- I just made that up- closes.”

6:15 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Wrapping up the first day of Design Indaba 2014, Heatherwick announces a project he is working on with the owners of V&A Waterfront.
“Today is a chance to show a project that has a future here in Cape Town, it wouldn’t have happened without Ravi and the Indaba,” he says.
Heatherwick revealed, for the first time, the design of a new Museum for Contemporary Art that will be built by converting the old grain silo building at the Waterfront.
This is a sneak peek into what they envision the museum will look like…

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How grand?

And with that… Day one of the Design Indaba draws to a close.
Heatherwick: “This is the most exciting presentation that I’ve ever had to give.”

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Live blog: State of the Nation address 2014

Zuma Parly

Follow our live blog as our reporters bring you all the latest updates from the State of the Nation address.

3:13:05 pm - Thu 20 Feb

And he finishes his responses with :Compatriots, we have a good story to tell.

That’s it from the president’s SONA responses in parliament.

3:12:11 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Zuma also makes mention of the fact that the appeal of Hon Ambrosini about decriminalising Marijuana for medicinal uses has been “noted”.

3:11:01 pm - Thu 20 Feb

2:57:41 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Zuma: “One of the good stories of our freedom is the transformation of the SADF into an organization for peace”.

2:56:21 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Many people look at SA and forget it was a very funny country. Many had their rights deprived for centuries. A funny arrangement. Some South Africans were even deprived of their passports. If you compare SA with any country, in the past 20 years and say we are failing to move, it’s problematic because no country on this continent has moved so fast in such a short space of time.

Zuma says social grants are a way to deal with the development of issues because there is no way to deal with them. It is a means to an end.

When people make criticisms and comparisons they forget the above. South Africa was totally abnormal. You must appreciate that we are attacking a very serious problem that touches the poor, if you don’t know poverty, if you were always privileged, THIS situation will always be surprising to you.

He’s about to pick on Cape Town again. There are two cities in CT and no improvement made to the disadvantaged. Those people are called refugees in their own country. There has been no change. That is a continuation of THAT system that still continues in some peoples minds. That’s a problem. If you do not understand the problem then you are going “dream in parliament all day”.

He is brilliant off the bat, entertaining, engaging. Even with the irony of this money and poverty talk considering well… you know… the N word. IE: Nkandla.

2:50:16 pm - Thu 20 Feb

2:49:09 pm - Thu 20 Feb

“I want to see every child, especially those from poor households follow their dreams”. Zuma addresses Pandor’s statements about tertiary education and universal access to education.

2:44:12 pm - Thu 20 Feb

There is also mention of the delivery of textbooks in Limpopo at a low cost.

2:43:36 pm - Thu 20 Feb

“I am pleased to report to the house that Limpopo has turned into a good story”. Zuma refers to the debt accumulated :R2.2 billion rand. Now, the province has a cash surplus of over R4 billion.

2:39:59 pm - Thu 20 Feb

A few moans and mummers laced with the odd clap here and Zuma slates the Western Cape for using consultants in municipalities.

2:38:13 pm - Thu 20 Feb

“Many speakers have spoken about the work we have done in extending basic services – We have done exceptional work.” Zuma now responds to “some members” who raised issues with infrastructures in struggling municipalities etc.

2:33:39 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Now on to youth employment. Zuma says the forthcoming youth indaba which will be lead by the deputy president will bring together the youth and engage with issues like job creation and participation.

2:31:58 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Zuma says during community radio sessions, the response was different from the public then from their leaders he says. The people are not campaigning. They are happy. “Ofcourse things have changed for them. If you have always been living in a good house, things have not changed for them so much, I don’t know…”

2:28:21 pm - Thu 20 Feb

2:25:55 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Zuma addresses global economy and jobs now. “The state must intervene actively in the economy in the interest of the poor and working class”. Zuma tackles the question raised by Minister Davis now. He says the jobs fund has processed more than 3, 000 applications and approved more than 66 projects.

2:22:17 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Zuma has left his script behind here and gone the freestyle route. Waxing lyrical about affirmative action. “W did not say whites cannot be part of the economy”. “People don’t realise that black people are not complaining about the lack of exclusion in the economy for centuries… They are saying let’s walk together now to correct it”. Zuma invites a debate on this, “if needs be”.

2:20:20 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Perhaps previous laughter is because of this little reference?

2:18:56 pm - Thu 20 Feb

As the camera pans, there a few seats in the house that are indulging themselves in a bit of laughter while Zuma recites this number.

2:15:54 pm - Thu 20 Feb

A lot of laughter here as Zuma jokes about the possibility of the ANC being in power for the next 5 years.

2:12:22 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Zuma: “The ANC government has learnt from the experience of the past 20 years, we know what policies work and what does not work”

2:11:13 pm - Thu 20 Feb

2:09:38 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Many honourable members seem to either be listening intently or disguising their indifference by just looking as though they are listening intently. Hmmm…

2:05:24 pm - Thu 20 Feb

And again, he mutters, “Indeed we have a good story to tell”.

2:04:52 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Zuma starts off by thanking all the speakers who participated in the debate. He goes on to reiterate his main theme in SONA: The past 20 years and how SA is better than in 1994.

2:03:41 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Follow our live blog to receive updates of President Zuma’s responses to the SONA Debate in parliament today.

8:38:16 pm - Thu 13 Feb

And that’s it from #Sona2014. For the all the latest news and more of the in-depth stories on the address please visit our website at mg.co.za

8:29:39 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“Nkosi Sikelel’ i Africa
God Bless Afrika.
I thank you.”

As Zuma speaks these last words, the centre of the house raises to their feet in cheers. Members of the opposition and those situated on the sides remain seated.

8:26:45 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Zuma jokes about the new government. Says people should guess who it will be. Laughs a bit at his own joke.

8:25:35 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“To prepare for that first State of the Nation Address by the incoming administration later in the year, we have over the past year, been working on a Medium Term Strategic Framework.
The Framework has been designed as the first five year building block of the National Development Plan, from 2014 to 2019.
It also incorporates key targets of the Industrial Policy Action Plan, the New Growth Path and Infrastructure Plan.
The intention is to table the draft Framework to the first Cabinet Lekgotla after the elections.
It will be refined by the new administration in line with its electoral mandate, so that work can start as soon as possible after the formation of a new government.
It has been an honour for my administration and I to build on the foundation laid by the first three democratic administrations, to serve the people of South Africa.”

8:23:00 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“We also recognise, in her absence, our Oscar Award-winning Hollywood star, Ms Charlize Theron.
Ms Theron is also the UN Messenger for Peace. She also champions the fight against AIDS especially amongst the youth and young women.
She was also honoured by the World Economic Forum with a Crystal Award.”

8:21:29 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Zuma is now running through of cultural achievements made by South Africans.

“We congratulate Ladysmith Black Mambazo on winning their fourth Grammy Award last month. We welcome the group leader, Mr Joseph Shabalala, one of our guests this evening.”

8:16:43 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“Following requests from Sri Lanka and South Sudan for assistance in bringing about peace and reconciliation, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, has been appointed as South Africa’s Special Envoy to the two countries.

His expertise in conflict resolution and negotiations as well as our country’s experience in this regard, will greatly assist the two countries to resolve their problems.
We will continue to strengthen relations with Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and countries in the South.”

8:14:07 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“Democratic South Africa’s foreign policy was shaped many decades ago during the fierce international campaign to isolate the apartheid state” – Jacob Zuma

8:12:23 pm - Thu 13 Feb

8:09:43 pm - Thu 13 Feb

The house is starting to get really antsy here while Zuma talks about protests and the violence surrounding them. He mentions the use of petrol bombs etc. And there’s a murmur from the members. One almost gets the feeling that someone wants to remind him that the use of bricks and petrol bombs just yesterday was by ANC members.

8:04:08 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Zuma: “The Special Investigating Unit is investigating maladministration or alleged corruption in a number of government departments and state entities, through 40 proclamations signed by the President during this administration. We will keep the public informed of the outcome of the investigations.”

There were a few mumbles here, and someone uttered: “What about your investigations”? Zuma moves swiftly past.

8:02:43 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Need a break from the speech? Go take a look at the glitz and glamour from the red carpet earlier:

Bedazzled red carpet for Sona 2014.

8:00:33 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“However, the acute under-representation of women on the bench remains of concern. Of the judicial establishment of 239 judges, only 76 are women.
The challenge is to transform the legal profession broadly in order to nourish the pool from which female judges can be appointed.”

Implying that more women should go to law school so that the judiciary has more choices?

7:58:05 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“The independence of the judiciary has been further enhanced by the establishment of the Office of the Chief Justice as a separate institution from the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. We have passed several pieces of legislation to support this new role of the Office of the Chief Justice.
Progress is being made in the transformation of the judiciary to reflect the race and gender demographics of the country.
The Chief Justice of the Republic continues to champion and lead this transformation.
Black judges (African, Indian and Coloured) now constitute 61% of all judges.”

7:57:32 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Zuma thanks everyone involved in campaigns to help save the rhino. Mild applause from the house here.

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“South Africans are now living longer”

7:53:42 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Zuma moves on to the department of health now.

7:49:34 pm - Thu 13 Feb

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>Plenty of laughter and applause when Zuma mixes the words next year up with the word sexy. He enjoys the moment. <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Sona2014&amp;src=hash”>#Sona2014</a></p>&mdash; Mail &amp; Guardian (@MG_Reporter) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MG_Reporter/statuses/434021340040142848″>February 13, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>Zuma moves on to education now. &quot;The SA sign language curriculum will be offered from sexy… next year&quot; – he corrects himself. <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Sona2014&amp;src=hash”>#Sona2014</a></p>&mdash; Mail &amp; Guardian (@MG_Reporter) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MG_Reporter/statuses/434021136847093760″>February 13, 2014</a></blockquote>
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7:46:05 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Read Jacob Zuma’s full State of the Nation speech.

7:40:50 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“Shale gas will be a game changer for the Karoo region and SA economy” -Jacob Zuma #Sona2014

7:38:59 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Zuma now addresses the science and technology sectors. “Cheers”, he says before moving to the automotive industry which has created 50, 000 jobs.

7:28:36 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“In no way can we have conflict that destroys the economy” – Zuma speaks specifically to the miners and unions. Applause in support from the house once these words are spoken.

7:27:21 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Now he addresses mining as, “one of our key job sectors”. Makes reference to the targets where mining is concerned. Mentions that housing of miners will be worked on as well.

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He assures the assembly that we will get stronger if government works together.

7:22:23 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Now… a more solemn tone as he addresses the fall of the Rand. “The Rand depreciated by 17.6% inn 2013″, he notes. Mentioning that this will make our infrastructure more expensive. “Export industries should take advantage of the weaker Rand”.

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Zuma now addresses the recession, the effect it had on its economy and SA’s GDP growth – more than 3.5 trillion Rand. He says jobs are no being created again. There’s applause here.

15 million people have jobs in the country he says, and it’s the highest number ever in the country. 650, 000 jobs were created last year, he credits StatsSA with this number – says these numbers are not good enough. “Youth employment is still a concern in South Africa as it is in the rest of the world”, he says.

7:12:11 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“We’re able to overcome all the pain of the past and build a new society”, says Zuma as makes inferences to a state which now non-racial and democratic and representative of all South Africans. He also makes mention of the fact that it is a state without corruption unlike the one which was previously in the hands of a minority.

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Zuma now pays his respects to Ben Skosana.

7:06:17 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“We find solace in the knowledge that Madiba will live forever in our hearts”- Jacob Zuma #Sona2014

7:05:29 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Jacob Zuma has proceeded to the mic. Proceedings are about to get underway. He opens by stating that this is the first state of the nation address to take place in the absence of the father of our democracy – Nelson Mandela.

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Jacob Zuma stands with his hand on his heart as the brass band plays the national anthem. The anthem and the 21 gun salute have been completed and the Zuma makes his way in to the National Assembly while everyone present rises to their feet to welcome him. Applause and some fan fare as he enters.

6:49:42 pm - Thu 13 Feb

President Jacob Zuma has arrived and is making his way up the red carpet. The address is due to begin in 10 minutes.

6:09:10 pm - Thu 13 Feb

The red carpet has now been cleared with all politicians and their dresses and suits safely tucked inside. we’re awaiting Zuma’s arrival with his procession.

5:56:49 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Just over an hour to go before the address officially starts. MP’s are still arriving at parliament.

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5:36:04 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Okay who had their money on the first #SonaSelfie?

It’s just happened. Helen Zille has used a couple of minute in between socialising to tell the public what she expects from this evening’s address and to also tweet a #SonaSelfie

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Some more celebrities and artists continue to make their way down the red carpet. The address is due to start at 7pm.

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Thuli wears a long soft gold gown with a scarf around her neck twinned with silver shoes and jewellery. Why gold? “I was feeling light-hearted today,” she says softly.

She’s a bit shy though and retreats inside pretty quickly.

5:05:41 pm - Thu 13 Feb

The public protector Thuli Madonsela gets a hearty welcome as she arrives.

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In anticipation of the State of the Nation address later on, many opposition parties hope Jacob Zuma will address certain things. Take a look at what they wish for in this article.

4:47:08 pm - Thu 13 Feb

The State of the Nation is kicking into a higher gear now and gaining some momentum.

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The state of the nation address usually starts with a ton of media and photographers crowding the red carpet outside parliament from about 3:30pm, with very few big names arriving. This means the small fry have a neat trick to feel like a celebrity: arrive early on the State of the Nation red carpet for the starved photographers to fuss over.

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Liveblog: Mandela funeral

Follow our liveblog as our reporters bring you the latest from Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Qunu.
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12:49:30 pm - Sun 15 Dec

The body of former president Nelson Mandela has been lowered into the ground. Hamba Kahle Tata Madiba.

12:45:21 pm - Sun 15 Dec

The cameras have been turned off and the final, private, stages of the funeral have begun.

12:42:01 pm - Sun 15 Dec

A flight of jets and airforce helicopters have flown over the burial site in Qunu, carrying the South African flag.

12:37:57 pm - Sun 15 Dec

Nelson Mandela’s coffin has been placed at its last resting place, next to the burial sites of his family. His journey is over. A small white tent containing the 450 people who were allowed to attend has been erected right next to the grave.

 

12:30:42 pm - Sun 15 Dec

The coffin has been lowered off it’s gun carriage and is now being carried by military pallbearers to its final resting site.

12:20:21 pm - Sun 15 Dec

Mandela’s coffin is being carried on a gun carriage behind a military truck. A band and marching soldiers are leading the small procession over the last kilometre that he will travel.

12:15:39 pm - Sun 15 Dec

The funeral will be private, with just the 450 attendees. The order of service gives a breakdown of what will happen:

- President and family are seated at the gravesite

- Removal of the Orders, Decorations, Medals and Miniature RSA Flag from the coffin by the SANDF to be handed over to the Chief of the SANDF who hands it over to the President for presentation to the Next-of-Kin.

- Undraping of the casket

- Pall-bearers salute and withdraw

- Military pall-bearers take up position

- Playing of the National Anthem, 21 Round Interment Salute and the Salute Flight The Last Post is sounded

- Sounding of Reveille

- Military pall-bearers salute and withdraw

- Committal Service by Bishop D Dabula

- Benediction: Bishop D Dabula

- The service will end with the national anthem.

12:05:00 pm - Sun 15 Dec

The 450 attendees are now slowly walking the dirt road to the nearby burial site. Soldiers have lined the whole path.

11:52:01 am - Sun 15 Dec

The grave site has an amphitheatre that can only take 450 people – that leaves 4 100 people to stay and watch the proceedings on big screens.

Cyril Ramaphosa reads out the lucky names: the family, the military command and its ministers, heads of state, former heads of state, traditional leaders, AU chair, deputy heads of state, ANC officials and the ANC’s national working committee, 15 senior ANC veterans, religious leaders

Richard Branson cracks the list as a member of the Elders, the group of former presidents and industry leaders that Mandela helped found to use their experience to help countries.

Ramaphosa asks that everyone act in the “true Madiba fashion” to “avoid a stampede”. He admits that “many mistakes were made” while many lessons were learnt. He thanks the South African people for making it a great send-off.

With 90% of the attendees whittled away, the ceremony ends and the military takes the body of its late commander in chief to its final resting place.

Ramaphosa began proceedings by saying that the body had to be laid to rest at midday, according to local culture. It does not seem like that will happen.

 

11:42:18 am - Sun 15 Dec

Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa delivers the final sermon. “We will forever salute you Tata.”

Mandela faced the full wrath of an unjust apartheid system, and refuse to be cowered, he says. Through his sacrifice he ensured that everybody had access to freedom and opportunity.

“We have to use what we have for a better life for all,” he says. And if everyone does this, everyone will be rewarded by God.”

Siwa says modern society is creating more takers than givers, and we need Mandela’s legacy to make us change this. Like Jesus, he gave everything to change people’s lives for the better.

“The best tribute that we can pay today is that we strive that our lives become both receivers and transmitters of hope.” As we bid Tata Nelson Mandela goodbye, we should strive to continue his legacy, he says.

This part of the service ends, over an hour behind schedule.

The army will now take the body to Mandela’s final resting site.

 

11:40:59 am - Sun 15 Dec

Twitter is full of people digging up anecdotes and pictures from Mandela’s 95 years – creating a conversation across countries and continents.

11:25:20 am - Sun 15 Dec

Bantu Holomisa, head of the United Democratic Front and a Mandela family spokesperson, takes to the podium for the family’s vote of thanks.

“We were overwhelmed by the support that we received from our fellow South Africans and the international community. Thank you very much.” He also thanks the government for organising a proper state funeral.

While reading from a speech, he goes off the page to speak directly to the family and the audience. Again, there are laughs.

He then proceeds to thank everyone who was involved in making the last 10 days happens – from military officials to the choir singers.

The planning for Mandela’s death started eight years ago, when the statesman first showed signs of ill health. Since then everyone had been involved in the planning for this last journey, he says. ”Today’s event is unprecedented and we will not have such a day again.”

He has one joke, saying thanks to his former secretary-general Cyril Ramaphosa. More laughter from the audience.

“Thank you Tata for the task you placed in me. The responsibility you placed in me was tremendous. It was an honour to serve you.”

“The Madiba song may have ended, but its melody lingers. It is our responsibility to ensure that its melody never stops,” he ends.

11:12:17 am - Sun 15 Dec

Former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda takes a sprightly run to the stage, with proceedings running far behind time. The whole crowd cheers his enthusiasm.

He speaks slowly, considering each statement, while he delivers the vote of thanks.

“Who is Nelson Mandela? Who is he? This man is a blessed child of God Almighty. He followed the commandments that God gave to the whole human race.”

Kaunda attended Fort Hare with Mandela, and says Mandela was born into a land where white and black people were segregated in every way.

“Love your neighbour as you love yourself.” That neighbour is a neighbour, made in God’s image, regardless of their race or creed, he says. “This great young man we worship today came along and said ‘No my Boer friends, we can’t go on like this’.”

“Can you see how wonderful he was? All those games of the Boers, he went there and said ‘This is my game as well’.” He speaks about how Mandela used rugby to unify the nation.

Midway through his speech, Cyril Ramaphosa passes a piece of paper saying he is running out of time. “This young man is chasing me away,” he chides. The crowd laughs again, its mood is constantly swinging between jovial and sombre in the grand hall.

“Madiba showed us the way. You are all God’s children. Come together, work together, and God will show you the way.”

“He is no more in terms of this life. Let us remember this love that he had for us all. Without that we cannot succeed. Remember to love your neighbour as you love yourself.”

He spares his last thoughts for the future, and President Zuma: “This young president here comes out of your work. You are are all going to support him with your activities.”

 

10:57:06 am - Sun 15 Dec

Still reading, President Zuma says, ”Our thoughts are with the community of Qunu and surroundings who have lost their famous son.”

“Madiba, we will miss your smile, your laughter, your love and your leadership. We will cherish every moment that we spent with you.”

“You will remain our guiding light, illuminating the path on the long journey to build the South Africa of your dreams.”

Mandela is not leaving, as he will live forever in the hearts and minds of those that are left behind, he says.

“Hamba Kahle.” The whole crowd is back on their feet, singing.

10:53:10 am - Sun 15 Dec

Mandela’s ideas defined the ANC, says Zuma.

His speech at the Rivonia trial has been quoted so often that it is akin to excepts from the Bible, says Zuma. It is the guiding principle of the ANC and should continue to guide the country.

In April 1994 Mandela set out to build the ideal society which was united and prosperous. “You taught us to embrace one another as compatriots.” This was a man who hated racist discrimination, and tirelessly worked to fight it.

“We dare not reverse your achievements.” And as Madiba’s journey ends, the country’s must continue. “South Africa will continue to rise.”

The revolution will continue until the poor and working class benefit from the material benefits of the democracy Mandela fought so long for. “We undertake to take forward the promotion of an improved life for all.”

In what sounds like a bit of electioneering, Zuma promises that the country will be a better place and the poor will be uplifted. His turn of phrase seems to be taken directly from ANC manifestos. Schools and hospitals will be improved, and public servants will be held accountable, he promises.

“South Africa will continue to rise because we dare not fail,” he says.

He thanks Mama Graça Machel for being at Mandela’s side in the lat year. “The two of you made a formidable pair.” He also talks to the grandchildren, who have “matured beyond their age” because of the family that they were born into.

“Many have looked after you over the years, providing you with support and love. In many of them we see you,” he says.

The whole speech is read, with President Zuma seeming more forced after his initial vibrancy and singing.

 

10:36:32 am - Sun 15 Dec

President Jacob Zuma takes to the stage with the crowd standing and loud cheers. He starts by leading the crowd in song, much more assured and natural than in his much-criticised speech at Mandela’s memorial on Tuesday.

His seat is left open, Mandela’s two former wives drop their heads as he speaks, looking at their hands.

“Today marks the end of an extraordinary journey that began 95 years ago. It is the end of 95 glorious years of a freedom fighter, a dedicated and humble servant of the people of South Africa.”

“Tata it has been a long and painful week for us, your people, your relatives and your comrades, since you took your last breath on the 5th of December 2013.” When Mandela became critically ill last year everyone was gripped with fear and anxiety.

“We did not want to come to terms with the fear of your mortality.” Zuma speaking from the heart here. “What truly stands out is the spectacular display of admiration by the thousands who descended on the Union Buildings in Pretoria just to spend one moment with you as you lay in state.”

He rhetorically asks what elicited the sincere outpouring of emotions. “When people see goodness in a person, they respond by reflecting goodness back at that person and on their fellow men and women.” The crowd claps.

“Thank you for being everything we wanted and needed from a leader in a difficult period in our lives.”

“Whilst your long walk to freedom has ended in the physical sense, our own journey continues.” South Africans have to continue building the society Mandela tirelessly worked to construct, he says.

10:22:13 am - Sun 15 Dec

With access to the funeral restricted, many journalists have taken to reporting from people’s homes around Qunu.

 

10:19:36 am - Sun 15 Dec

The camera has not singled out former Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was initially not going to attend the funeral. A furore arose, with allegations that the ANC was sidelining him because he had been outspoken about their rule.

“Much as I would have loved to attend the service to say a final farewell to someone I loved and treasured, it would have been disrespectful to Tata to gatecrash what was billed as a private family funeral,” Tutu said in a statement.

But late last night he changed his mind and caught a flight early in the morning to attend the funeral.

 

10:16:46 am - Sun 15 Dec

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete says Mandela had a long association with his country. His country hosted the ANC while it was in exile and provided it with a home.

“Your grief is our grief, your loss is our loss. Nelson Mandela was our icon and our father as much as he was yours.”

The two countries worked intimately to help fight apartheid. MK veterans were given places to live and train in the country, thanks to Mandela asking for Tanzania’s help.

Madiba was instrumental in mobilising regional and international support for all liberation struggles in the region, says Kikwete while speaking under a giant poster of Mandela on the stage.

When Mandela smuggled himself into Tanzania in 1962 he had no travel documents, but was given documents by the Tanzanian documents. Many other cadres got similar help. “I know a number of you use Tanzanian travel documents. I don’t know if Thabo [Mbeki] returned his.” The whole crowd laughs again, the mood getting more jovial with each new speaker.

“The ANC found a new home in Tanzania, from where it operated, organised, spearheaded and prosecuted the struggle.”

On his return to Dar Es Salaam in the pouring rain after his release from prison, the streets were thronged with people – the largest crowd to have ever gathered in Tanzania’s history. ”Mandela’s charisma is unmatched in modern times.”

 

10:03:03 am - Sun 15 Dec

The inside of Nelson Mandela's funeral service.

Nelson Mandela’s funeral service, with 4 5000 guest gathered to pay their respects.

10:00:54 am - Sun 15 Dec

One laugh at last as Ramaphosa thanks Malawian President Joyce Banda for her speech. “Yes, Malawi.” The whole crowd giggles, and even President Zuma laughs. This is a reference to Zuma’s remarks earlier in the year about the country not having roads as good as South Africa’s.

“We can’t think like Africans in Africa. It’s not some national road in Malawi,” he said at the time.

Ramaphosa jokes that this subject is taboo at all ANC gatherings.

9:57:08 am - Sun 15 Dec

Malawian President Joyce Banda says she met Mandela when he came to her country. The short meeting was enough to inspire her, and change how she approached leadership.

The BBC called her to ask if she is practicing Mandela’s lessons after his death and she said, “Yes. Come and see.” Of all the speakers so far, her words ring out the loudest and most confident.

She says the world has to take stock now and look at how to go forward, based on the lessons that Mandela shared. ”We will strive to emulate president Mandela’s spirit”

“I learned that leadership is about falling in love with the people you serve and having them fall in love with you.”

She singles out Winnie Mandela for being with Mandela throughout his time in prison, and for being next to him. She also thanks Graça Machel for her “visible love and care for our Madiba during his last days of life”. Neither of the woman react, their faces set in sorrow as the crowd cheers.

She appeals to President Zuma to ensures South Africa “remain united and continue to be a rainbow nation, for this is what Tata Madiba cherished”. Zuma also does not react, his face looking exhausted.

“May his soul rest in everlasting peace.”

 

9:39:51 am - Sun 15 Dec

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, talking on behalf of the African Union, says that Madiba’s struggle is poignant for Africa with the trials and tribulations it constantly faces.

“Humanity was better off because it has had the likes of Mandela as torch bearers.”

The whole continent needs to look at the legacy that Mandela has left behind, and continue his struggle, he says.

“We should find consolation in the knowledge that his legacy will live on”

9:29:36 am - Sun 15 Dec

Nandi Mandela, Mandela’s granddaughter, says she is humbled to be representing all the children and grandchildren. “He was a true leader, who led by example. He was a true servant of the people.”

She remembers how he ensured that the children of Qunu had a Christmas with gifts every year. His example ensures that everyone wants to be better, she says.

When Chris Hani was assassinated the people listened, because they respected him. “He was truly humble and remained accountable throughout his life.” This is why people were willing to follow him.

Madiba was a lot of fun to be around, and had a great sense of humour. “During the last year we truly missed hearing his voice.” One of his favourite stories was about him chasing a chicken with a fork at the dinner table with the family of a girl that he wanted as a girlfriend.

Nandi Mandela smiles and remembers how cheeky Mandela was.

But he did have his strict side. He would make his grandchildren clean up after themselves.

“He recognised, he embraced, and he celebrated the humanity in everyone that he met.”

“Here lies a world renowned leader. A son of Africa. Who grew up in these rolling hills. He went to school barefoot but he became the president.”

As the head of the family, Nandi Mandela says they will miss his guidance. People now need to stop pointing fingers and have to come together to lead the country in his spirit.

She leaves the podium, walking down the stairs past the coffin.

9:22:04 am - Sun 15 Dec

Mandla Mandela, Madiba’s grandson, says it was through Mandela that the world learnt about the “beauty of reconciliation”.

He goes through Madiba’s life and how at every moment his story was linked to that of the country.

His speech ends with the choir singing, ”We’ll be with you till we meet again.”

 

9:18:37 am - Sun 15 Dec

Former trade unionist Jay Naidoo has joined people from across the world in pondering what next for South Africa now that its icon has gone.

9:09:46 am - Sun 15 Dec

Ahmed Kathrada, who was in Robben Island with Madiba and became a close friend of the former president, takes to the podium and says the last time he saw Madiba alive was when he was in hospital.

“I recall the tall, healthy, strong man. The boxer. The prisoner who easily wielded the pick and shovel while we couldn’t do so.”

“What I saw in hospital was a helpless man, reduced to a shadow of himself. And now the inevitable has happened. He has left us to join the A-Team of the ANC,” he says while trying to hold his tears back.

“We are a country that has been blessed by many great and remarkable men and women.”

That we live in a lively democracy is thanks to the long list of people who worked with Madiba to win the freedoms that are now enjoyed, he says.

While there is a long road ahead, South Africa has come a long way.

He then addresses himself to Madiba. “He was my elder brother. What do we say to you Madala in these days. The last final moments together before you exit the public stage?”

He says it is up to the new generation to face up to all of the challenges that the country has before it. But throughout this Madiba’s legacy will guide them. “One of our own, during his lifetime, has united the people of South Africa and the entire world on a scale never before experienced in history.”

He tells the family he wises there was a way to ease the family’s grief and pain. “We trust that in the ensuing weeks and months you can find the rest and peace you so much deserve.”

“Farewell my dear brother, my mentor, my leader. We pledge to join the people of South Africa to perpetuate your ideals.”

As he leaves the stage, the crowd moves into singing Jerusalem.

8:55:10 am - Sun 15 Dec

Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima, speaking on behalf of the family, says the booing at the FNB Stadium diminished Mandela’s legacy, but has kind words for the doctors that cared for Mandela while he was ill.

He talks about Mandela’s times in prison, when ”he spent countless nights not knowing what his family ate,” he says.

His words are greeted with rounds of muted clapping from the black-clad audience.

 

 

8:47:45 am - Sun 15 Dec

Cyril Ramaphosa, deputy president of the ANC, is addressing a much quieter audience than he did at Madiba’s funeral at FNB Stadium on Tuesday. He is standing in front of 95 candles, one for each year that Madiba was alive.

These were lit at 5AM to “remember the years that he was on earth and more importantly the contribution that he made,” he says.

A casket, covered in the South African flag sits below the podium where he is speaking, with the closest family members sitting next to it.  “The person who lies here is South Africa’s greatest son,” says Ramaphosa.

The service will end at 10.30AM so that Mandela can be buried at midday, as is the local custom when important people are buried.

8:29:31 am - Sun 15 Dec

Former president Nelson Mandela’s funeral service has begun in Qunu, his home in the Eastern Cape. State presidents and a total of 4 5000 mourners have gathered in a darkened hall filled with candles to pay their last respects to South Africa’s first black president.

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